Tasting Notes and Scores
-Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide No 7
While this is a strong effort from a property that too often does not live up to its pedigree, I had hoped the 2005 Beychevelle would merit an even higher score. A deep ruby/purple hue is accompanied by a sweet perfume of roasted herbs, black cherries, and even blacker fruits. The wine is medium to full-bodied with sweet tannin, good acidity, and a fruitcake-like spiciness and earthiness. Pure and long with a tannic clout that is neither intrusive nor excessive, this elegant, powerful effort should be at its finest between 2017-2030.
The Château Beychevelle 2005 has a comparatively rich and opulent bouquet, which is quite unexpected, offering with sensual, ripe black cherry and boysenberry fruit, fresh mint and licorice. It has retained that pastille-like purity. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, good acidity, dense black fruit laced with white pepper, building gently but never quite achieving the sophistication of some of the other Saint Julien 2005s. To be honest, I was expecting a little more from this and prefer the 2009 and 2010 from winemaker Philippe Blanc.
There is an almost pastille like purity on the nose of the Beychevelle ’05 with cranberry, raspberry, wild strawberry and a touch of thyme and Italian dried meat. Good underlying mineralité here. The palate is medium-bodied with dry tannins on the entry, much more introverted than the nose with fresh black fruit, tobacco and graphite. It is a little tight on the finish at the moment but it will mellow with time. Tasted July 2011. 92