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History

Château Beychevelle, the "Versailles of the Médoc", could only be expected to produce excellent wine. This outstanding 90-hectare vineyard, planted on deep, Garonnegravel soil, has a winegrowing tradition dating from the Middle Ages. More modern selection, winemaking, and ageing techniques also contribute towards the finished wine's perfection. Château Beychevelle is a Saint-Julien Great Growth, combining elegance with character and finesse with balance. Its lovely, ruby-red colour, fine structure, and subtle bouquet have earned this wine a high reputation all over the world. Château Beychevelle has been granted the double accreditation of “Terra Vitis” and “Sustainable Viticulture”. Beychevelle is called the "Versailles of the Médoc" as a tribute to the château's elegant classical architecture and French gardens. The château's character has been tempered by three centuries of history in the hands of several powerful families, influential in the economic, political, and cultural life of the Bordeaux area, and even further afield.

 

Château Beychevelle, A prestigious Cru Classé whose character has been forged by three centuries of history.  Nowhere does the word Château in its noblest sense ring as true as it does at Beychevelle. The elegance of its classical architecture makes it a jewel in the crown of the Médoc, coveted since its creation by the powerful families who have successively marked the economic, political and cultural life of Bordeaux and the region. Under Henri III, Beychevelle was the fief of the Dukes of Epernon, particularly the first of them: Jean-Louis Nogaret de la Valette. This Admiral and Governor of Guyenne was all-powerful; according to legend, the boats that passed before his Château had to lower their sails as a sign of allegiance.Hence the name "Baisse-Voile" (lowering of sails), which was to become Beychevelle, and the emblem of the Château, the ship with a prow in the shape of a griffin guarding Dionysus' cellar. Built in the 17th century, reconstructed by the Marquis de Brassier in 1757 and extended by the Heine family at the end of the 19th century,

Château Beychevelle has recently been restored to its original splendour. Classical in its lines, the imposing façade, topped with a majestic triangular pediment and with wings on each side, is embellished with volutes and vases that give it an exuberantly baroque appearance. Today owned by Grands Millésimes de France(Castel and Suntory Groups), Château Beychevelle offers a unique setting for the organisation of prestigious events.

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Vineyards

Careful monitoring, observation and care of the environment are mottos which particularly concern Château Beychevelle. The ownership together with the château’s dynamic management team have implemented new working methods to respect the principles of “TerraVitis”. Today this double accreditation, proudly gained at the end of 2005, reinforces our château principles to make all possible efforts towards quality and environmental-friendly production methods.

“Terra Vitis” and “Sustainable Viticulture” guaranties : to provide high quality grapes produced with environmental-friendly methods, reducing as much as possible the use of chemicals in order to be harm-free for the environment and human health to justify various treatments which take into account natural factors and the use of biological methods every time possible, to keep a track-record in the vineyard and the cellar to respect the Terra Vitis chart and to be able to answer any technical enquiry by our customers.

Examples of actions made by Château Beychevelle : all waste disposals are collected in official receptacles with traceability, dramatic reduction of use of chemical herbicides replaced by mechanical weed control and permanent grass between the rows, plantation of new hedges to favour natural fauna harbours, treatment of all effluents (from vineyard or from cellar activities) with no disposal in the environment

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Winemaking

Vineyard management:
Minimum pesticide approach and organic farming for 1/3 of the vineyard. No herbicides are used
ISO 14001 certified production

Harvests:

Selective manual harvests, by grape variety, the age of the vines and the terroir.Triple sorting of the grapes: in the vineyard, then on reception of the harvest with sorting of the bunches followed by optical sorting.

Vinification:

Each vinification is adapted to the plot and conditions during the vintage. Our objective is to transcend the terroir, and to produce exceptional wines, while at the same respecting the terroir's identity.

Ageing and fining:

In French oak barrels for 18 months for Beychevelle, and 12 months for Amiral de Beychevelle. Château Beychevelle is aged in 50% new oak barrels and Amiral de Beychevelle in 30%. The wine is then fined with egg whites, with traditional racking by candle light.

Bottling:

The wines are bottled in the spring. 

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Inside information

Beychevelle has always been a home to the arts. A committed patron, the Duke of Epernon invited Molière and his troupe of actors to perform at the château.
Subsequent owners of Beychevelle continued to encourage artistic creation, embellishing the château’s architecture, and adding further paintings, furniture, sculptures, and features to the gardens.
Beychevelle gradually came to be known as the Versailles of Bordeaux, and the château developed a special relationship with the Baroque Music Centre in Versailles.

 

Established in 1990, the Fondation Beychevelle and its International Centre of Contemporary Art presents art in all its forms (fine arts, cinema, music, dance, literature, new technology, photography, and theatre). Beychevelle continued to celebrate art in 1993, welcoming Equinoxe, an event dedicated to screenplay writing chaired by Jeanne Moreau.

 

And today Château Beychevelle continues to welcome artists who come to draw inspiration from the remarkable environment.
Every year, for 15 years, an exhibition in partnership with Mécénart is organized at the château. Beychevelle also serves as a venue for classical music and Jazz concerts.
We can be confident that the château will continue to impress visitors with artistic creations and events for years to come…

 

Château Beychevelle’s soul has been forged by three centuries of history. Its owners have always sought to bring elegance and prestige to the château and its vineyard.

Since its construction in 1565 by Bishop François of Foix-Candale, then the reign of the Dukes of Epernon and its rebuilding in 1757 by the Marquis de Brassier, followed by the Achille-Fould family until 1986, the château has never ceased to amaze, both in terms of its wines and its exceptional environment.

To enhance the well-being of our guests, La Table de Beychevelle was completely redecorated and modernized by interior designer Jacqueline Nau-Royer, who has successfully preserved its 300 year-old character.

La Table de Beychevelle is more like a family house than a hotel or guest house : here, guests can really feel at home.

Consisting of 11 rooms and 2 suites, two reception rooms, a meeting room and a high-tech conference room, la Table de Beychevelle is also available for exclusive private functions.

Christine Pinault and her team will be delighted to welcome you in this superb setting

 

 

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 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beychevelle . In a tasting of  30 wines 

Le Cinq "Wine Legends" Dinner with wines like Bouchard 1865, Beycheville 1899, DRC Conti 1940, DRC Richebourg 1942, Margaux 1928, Latour 1929, Mouton 1949, Petrus 1949, 1955, 1959, and 1966 etc.

3m 15d ago

 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beychevelle . In a tasting of  55 wines 

Finally, after some busy days tasting back home in Oslo, here is 2016 Margaux. A vintage with a lot of success in this commune as well. Beautiful texture, pure fruits and that gorgeous scented in abundance almost Margaux typicity that is shining very clearly this year. Another stellar commune in 2016.

5m 15d ago

 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beychevelle . In a tasting of  126 wines 

Every now and again one stumbles across a paradox that confounds the accepted natural order of things. The 2016 Bordeaux vintage was born out of a growing season that was near-catastrophe and near-perfection. After the Hesperian Dragon’s relentless torment, the Titan God Atlas had seemingly kept the sky aloft with the help of a Phoenix. Following five months of diabolical weather patterns, a warm to hot dry summer arrived in the nick of time, not only saving a vintage, but creating one of the most spectacular vintages in a lifetime.


 The sense of relief in Bordeaux must have been as thrilling as avoiding the bullet of Russian Roulette, or the adrenalin of surviving a base-jump. The razor’s edge has never been so exquisitely fine. While the end result is not always perfect, with the odd abrasions here and there, the overall quality of the 2016 Bordeaux vintage is remarkably consistent with many Chateaux making some of their best wines in 50 years. Typically, the wines have deep colours, pure fruit aromatics, generous saturated flavours, dense rich tannin structures and bell clear acidities. Precision, freshness, elegance, smoothness and “delicate opulence” are words that are being used by various Chateaux to describe their wines.


 The Bordelais are, of course, the world’s greatest spin doctors. They leave snake charmers for dead when it comes to the art of mesmerising. The newly opened and impressive Cité du Vin, which sits on the banks of the Garonne River in Bordeaux, sparkles like a polished turd; a monument to the exaggerations and optimism of this particular type of fine wine game. Momentum is achieved through belief. There is no room for wavering or self-doubt.

5m 24d ago

 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beychevelle . In a tasting of  161 wines 

Bordeaux 2016 vintage!

5m 28d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beychevelle . In a tasting of  272 wines 

BORDEAUX VINTAGE 2016 / Tasting "en primeur" is a challenge every year. The wines tasted are showing a tendency only and it is still the beginning of a longer process of evolution and maturation in the barrels. There might be some changes during the next year and a half until the wines will be bottled, but already today the tendency is quite clear. For most of the red wines it will be an outstanding vintage, a vintage for Cabernet, old vines, limestone and clay soil. It was a challenging year for the vintners. An incredibly wet spring was worrying the winegrowers and at the beginning of June, the spirits were down. However warm and dry weather between June 3 and June 11 creating an close to ideal situation for the flowering and good weather conditions starting in mid June changed the nature of the vintage. The fine weather continued into July and August. The month of August was featuring hot weather and a remarkable amount of sunshine but the absence of rain let to water stress. Heavy rain in mid September set an end to water stress and when the sun returned on September 20 the vintage was saved as there was excellent weather till to the end of the harvest. The effects were various. the white wines are on a good quality level and display fruit and flavour but the acidity is lower than in previous vintages and the white wines show an opulent and rather soft style. The noble sweet wines are extremely pure and are more on the rich and powerful side than on the freshness. For the red wines originating from the right terroirs and old vines, the vintage an be called outstanding. Water stress was managed well on limestone and clay terroirs, Cabernet varieties did extremely well and old vines found water even during the stressful dry periods of summer. In some few red wines the tannins are slightly harsh, almost bitter, a result of water stress and/or intense extraction. In general the red wines are on an excellent level with an advantage for the left bank, mainly the Médoc area, and the classic great terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. 

6m 3d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  4 wines  from  Château Beychevelle . In a tasting of  15 wines 

The Primeur tastings in Bordeaux offer not only a huge array of wines of the new vintage but offer also quite often ripe vintages to taste. Some of these wines will be served during tastings, others will be presented for exciting dinners. Some of these excellent wines will feature in this tasting, showing the great diversity of styles and the excellent ageing potential of wines from Bordeaux.

6m 6d ago

 Björnstierne Antonson / sommelier, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beychevelle . In a tasting of  31 wines 

Bordeaux notes from vintages 1995 -2011 

7m 2d ago

 Mikke Frisk, Wine Collector (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beychevelle . In a tasting of  28 wines 

DRC Romanée-Conti 1961, Pétrus 1961, Unico 1961, Krug 1961, Château margaux 1961....etc.

8m 11d ago

 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beychevelle . In a tasting of  16 wines 

“Bordeaux vintage 1982 Dinner at Restaurant Daniel / Château Pichon-lalande 1982 / Here is a spellbinding wine, soaring from the glass with aromas of currants, smoked meat, truffles, oregano perhaps, this wine is wrapped in nuanced, alluring velvet. Chocolate, earth and cassis dance together at the mid palate, and it radiates a freshness and depth that are just exuberant. Here the Merlot-Cabernet partnership has flourished unforgettably, with cherries, red berries, pepper all beating the drums on the lavish, lingering finish. It is one of the wines of the vintage and is going from strength to strength. 97 Points ”

1y 4m ago

 Michael Scott / Wine Importer, Pro (Canada)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beychevelle . In a tasting of  45 wines 

“Bordeaux vintage 2000-tasting / 2000 was a very consistent vintage for Bordeaux, with most producers throughout the region making very successful red wines. The best of these are rich and ripe, yet very lively and fresh, with firm tannins that may need another decade or more to resolve. Others offer similar or even greater levels of ripeness, and perhaps even more richness of texture, but lacking perhaps the brightness of the finest examples of the vintage.”

1y 5m ago

 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beychevelle . In a tasting of  25 wines 

“Hermitage La Chapelle 1978 / "Youthful colour. Deep bouquet of cedar, cassis, hrbs. On the palate a nice melange of eukalyptus, candied fruits, silky tannins. This bottle was extremely young and almost forbidding until it opened up."”

1y 5m ago

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