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Amiral de Beychevelle is the second wine of Château Beychevelle, one of the finest châteaux and producers in the Médoc. The château is situated on the banks of the Gironde. During the 16th century it was owned by the Duc d’Epernon, a French naval admiral. It is said that French ships on the Gironde were required to lower their sails in respect as they went past. This act – baisse voile – in French, led to the name Beychevelle.
Region/Terroir: Saint Julien
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon (62%), Merlot (31%), Cabernet Franc (5%), Petit Verdot (2%).
Soil: Deep bed of gravel on subsoil of clay and sandstone.
Alcohol: 14% VOL
Wine making: The vines have an average age of 30 years. Grapes are harvested by hand. Fermentation occurs in stainless steel and epoxy-lined temperature controlled vats at 30°C. In the January following harvest, wines are selected for the Grand Vin and the Amiral. The Amiral is aged for 18 months in one-year-old barrels previously used for the Château Beychevelle, and 15% new barrels. There is no filtration prior to bottling, leaving the wine with its original texture and substance.
Cellaring potential: Drinking very well now. 2017 – 2025.
Our Tasting notes: Clearly identifiable to Château Beychevelle: soft, elegant and fruity with excellent character. The nose is lifted with red fruit, tobacco and some meaty notes. Big chalky powerful tannins but good acid balance and length. With Amiral, the objective is to make a wine that can be drunk earlier than the Grand Vin.
Roger Voss 94 points, April 2013
Wine Spectator: Offers a juicy feel, offering a lightly roasted cedar frame to the dark plum, blueberry and blackberry fruit flavors, with a ganache-coated finish. Approachable now, but no need to hurry. Best from 2014 through 2024. Score: 90 points, James Molesworth
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Amongst the best producers of Saint Émillion.
Cru Borgeois Bordeaux at its best. We think this is wine with a WOW factor. Currently being served on Air France A380 Buisness Class. Recently out-ranked Chateau Margaux and Chateau Cheval Blanc in a blind tasting.