The 2005 Beychevelle has an attractive nose with brambly red fruit, marmalade, cedar and light leather aromas. This is just a little rustic, yet full of vigor and presence. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins. Solid and muscular, it comes across a little uncouth compared to more recent, more refined vintages, though it has an attractive spicy, black pepper-infused finish. Drinking well now, it should give another decade of drinking pleasure. Tasted at the Beychevelle vertical at the property.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2040
Dark crimson. Rather muddy nose. Round fruit juice with not much framework in evidence. A tad dull.
Anticipated maturity: 2013-2024
Robert Parker 93
The Grand Vin, the 2005 Beychevelle is a gorgeous wine, with plenty of creme de cassis, floral notes, underbrush and forest floor. It is sweet and medium to full-bodied, with ripe tannin and beautiful texture and purity. Drink it over the next 20 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035