Bordeaux Prestige: Beychevelle (Saint-Julien)

Our “Bordeaux Prestige” posts highlight the most famous Bordeaux estates.

Since we looked at some 2010 Saint Julien value wines on Friday, today, we’ll look at one of the most prestigious chateaux in the appellation, Chateau Beychevelle.

Beychevelle, with its iconic griffin and lowered sail, is known in China as “Chateau Dragon Boat.” According to legend, during the 16th and 17th centuries, the property was owned by the Dukes of Epernon. Any ships passing by had to lower their sails as a sign of allegiance. The chateau took its name from this act of “lowering the sails.”

The Saint-Julien estate made news earlier this year when France’s largest wine company, Castel, bought a 50% shareholding in the chateau.

Millesima recently talked with Managing Director, Philippe Blanc, about the history and wines of the estate.

[quote]In a word, I would say we try to obtain in our wine some present but elegant tannic frames, with no rusticity and guaranteeing the length. In the end, this approach generates wines that appeal to consumers, pleasing the feminine wine drinkers as well, thanks to their sensual and not aggressive character – based on fine, ripe and elegant tannins. – Philippe Blanc[/quote]

2009 and 2010 Beychevelle wine futures are currently available through Millesima USA.

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