Tasting Notes Beychevelle 2001
Tasted at the French Embassy in London. I have upheld the view that Beychevelle was a little out of sorts around the turn of the millennium. Here. It has a well-defined, harmonious nose with blackberry, cedar, mint and a touch of black tea. The palate is medium-bodied with a soft entry, tart red cherries, wild strawberry and cedar, but it is marred by a rather bitter, severe finish that certainly lacks the precision that winemaker Philippe Blanc has engendered in more recent vintages. An obdurate but worthy/sturdy Beychevelle. Drink 2011-2024. Tasted November 2010.
Elegant notes of damp earth, underbrush, sweet cherries, and currants arise from the modest bouquet. While a distinctive soil character dominates the fruit, it offers good richness, medium body, and moderate tannin in an elegant, stylish format. It is good to see this well-known property produce an excellent wine. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2013.