Chateau Beychevelle is often described as the Versailles of Bordeaux due to the stunning beauty of the Chateau and gardens preceeding the vineyards. It was once the property of the Duke of Epernon. The Duke held considerable power, so much so that all the ships sailing in front of Beychevelle were ordered to lower their sails as a sign of respect. This is where Beychevelle took its name, from the French Baisse Voile meaning lowered sails.
The 1855 classified fourth growth is situated on the banks of the Gironde estuary with 92.5 hectares of vines consisting of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.
The 2009 vintage has many unique characteristics, both the tannin and phenolic levels broke all records in 2009. However, thanks to beautiful acidity, the wine remains fresh and well-balanced. It is tremendously fruity (with blackcurrant, black cherry and very ripe blackberry nuances) reflecting just the right degree of maturity in the grapes, without any over-ripeness. It is a wine that boast tremendous finesse and elegance alongside an enormous power. One of the best left bank wines of 2009.
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