2021 Château Beychevelle, Cru Classé, St.Julien
£353 per 6 bottle case in bond
91-93 points, Neal Martin, vinous.com
The 2021 Beychevelle has a pleasant, light bouquet that needs coaxing from the glass, eventually offering blackberry, briar, peppermint and sage aromas. The oak here is neatly integrated, though it does not possess the dimension of the previous vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with quite a firm grip on the entry. The Cabernet Sauvignon is fully in the driving seat here, imparting quite intense blackberry and graphite notes. As with many Saint-Julien barrel samples, a Pauillac-like structure comes through. The licorice-tinged finish is fresh and focused. This is quite an endearing Beychevelle after the challenging growing season. Drink 2026-2050
91-94 points, William Kelley, robertparker.com
The 2021 Beychevelle is a strong effort, exhibiting aromas of sweet berries and plums mingled with cigar wrapper and fresh mint. Medium to full-bodied, bright and fine-boned, it's deep and layered, with powdery tannins, lively acids and a saline finish. This wine only improved over the five times I tasted it.
Please see below for a chart showing current Liv-Ex market prices for the last five vintages including the 2021. Please note prices are shown per 12 bottles in bond.
Vintage Liv-Ex Market Price per 12