Chateau Beychevelle has passed through three centuries of powerful families in the Medoc, giving the estate one of the richest histories in the region. Constructed in 1565, the Duc d’Epernon inherited the estate 1587. The Duc was heavily involved in politics and became an Admiral of France which indirectly led to the name Beychevelle being used for the wine produced on the Estate. Due to the Duc’s position, ships passing on the Gironde close to the Estate were required to lower their sails as a salute. The Chateau’s name, Beychevelle, therefore comes from a corruption of the French ‘baisse-voile’ meaning to lower the sail. The Chateau’s second wine, Amiral de Beychevelle, strongly resonates with the Chateau’s link to French naval history.

Beychevelle has a huge global demand and has long been a favourite wine of European collectors, yet in recent years the dragon boat featuring on the label has made it a darling in Asia. The 4eme Cru Classe estate is spread over 250 hectares, 90 of which are under vine dedicated to the four traditional grapes in the Medoc: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The estate’s proximity to the Gironde Estuary means that the vineyards are well protected and regulated. The vineyards also have the regions famed gravelly soil, with some plots having the same aspect and soils as those at the neighbouring Chateau Latour.

Chateau Beychevelle built a custom-made winery specific to their vineyards, in order to enable each terroir to express itself fully. New additions include very precise temperature control as well as gravitational transfer of the grapes. All of which contributes to the style of wines that Beychevelle is known for; powerful with extreme concentrations of blackcurrant and cassis, as well as a chocolatey character. Deep, generous and well-balanced these are the wines that can age effortlessly. Described by Jancis Robinson as “intensely seductive”, it is difficult to escape its lure once you have tried Chateau Beychevelle.

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