This morning the campaign increases inertia with the release of global powerhouse Chateau Beychevelle and in 2020 it is spectacular. It has been awarded uniformly exceptional scores, beginning with 94-96 points from Lisa Perrotti-Brown of The Wine Advocate who describes it as embodying“fresh black cherries and cassis, plus hints of wild sage, chocolate mint, rose hip tea and fallen leaves, with an exotic hint of Indian spices.” This is reiterated by Antonio Galloni of Vinous Media (who included Beychevelle in his list of “the notable wines of 2020”): “Beychevelle – This Saint-Julien estate has been on a roll lately. The 2020 is an especially fine effort that balances opulence and energy.” Jeb Dunnuck goes further, awarding it 95-97 points declaring it a stunner that does everything right, offering a monster bouquet of black and blue fruits as well as candied violets, incense, flowers, and toasty oak.” Therefore, Beychevelle is nothing short of exceptional and could be the finest ever, matching, possibly bettering the sublime 2005, 2010 and 2016, which trade at £1,100, £1,025 and £840. The 2020 releases today at £694 per case of 12, or £347 per case of 6, a 20% discount to the average trading price of the last 15 vintages. However, every bit the future great, the 2020 is set to surpass the very finest vintages which all trade north of £1,000 after a few years of age. This is a brilliant effort and an unmissable wine, adored the globe over. The only issue is that production is 20% down, the rest won’t be enough to fulfil global demand.


Beychevelle is situated in the south-east of St Julien, on the famous gravelly hilltops of the Médoc. The Chateau is one of the finest buildings in the Médoc, built during the 18th Century in the style of Louis XV, it commands stunning views of the vineyards and perfectly manicured flowerbeds. The vineyard covers 90ha, with 62% planted to Cabernet Sauvignon. Chateau Beychevelle’s new winery has been custom-made to suit the vineyard, with every vine having a place in a plot-by-plot vinification process which enables each terroir to express its full complexity and depth. More spacious and with an improved layout, the new facilities also permit a gentle transfer of the grapes by gravity, very precise temperature control and extractions adjusted to the characteristics of each vat. Beychevelle has a huge global demand and has long been a favourite wine of European collectors, yet in recent years the Dragon-boat-esque label has made it a darling in Asia. The Estate has one of the richest histories in the Médoc, its roots can be traced back to the 14th Century when a feudal castle occupied the site. In 1587 the property passed to the Duc d’Epernon who became an Admiral of France, therefore ships passing on the Gironde close to the Estate were required to lower their sails as a salute. Beychevelle is a corruption of Baisse-Voile meaning lower sail. The modern history of the Chateau began in the 1980s when Beychevelle was purchased by the French pension fund, GMF, who proceeded to sell 40% to a Japanese group. It was under this corporate ownership that much needed investment was made in the Estate.