This wine displays an intense bouquet bursting of black fruit like black-cherry and blackcurrant and underlying vanilla and violet notes. A medium-bodied, gracefully textured style exhibits soft tannins on a palate that gives way to a finish which is full of finesse, great in length all in a harmonious feel. The 2014 is truly on the list of Exceptional Vintages.
Real concentration, good spice, deep and rich, clear vitality. This is an excellent Château Beychevelle, with roundness and richness to the fruit without sacrificing its Medoc typicity. It opens beautifully, unpeeling through the glass to show cedar and smoked rosemary notes. It was a small crop at 38hl/ha, with the highest ever percentage of Merlot used in the blend due to difficult fruit set and a low yield for Cabernet Sauvignon. Despite this, you would be hard pressed not to enjoy this 2014. 5% Cabernet Franc makes up the blend.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 92/100
The 2014 Beychevelle has a very comely, pure bouquet with heightened dark cherry, blackcurrant and wilted violet scents rendering it almost more Margaux-like than Saint Julien. The palate is medium-bodied, svelte in texture with light tannin. It is a nimble Beychevelle, light on its feet with wonderful freshness and tension towards the finish. This is a very well-crafted wine from Philippe Blanc and his team, a St. Julien that is nimble on its toes.
Roger Voss - Wine Enthusiast 93/100
This is already a delicious wine in the balanced Saint-Julien style. Smooth and ripe, it is fruity with a structure that promises medium-term aging. The rich aftertaste shows both the promise and the pleasure of the wine. Drink from 2020.