Tasting Notes Beychevelle 1989
Both the 1989 and 1990 wines scored slightly lower than in previous tastings. In contrast to the 1990, the 1989 Beychevelle, which usually performs better than it did in the recent tasting, is an elegant, medium-bodied wine with soft tannin, copious quantities of ripe, herb-tinged, blackcurrant fruit, some evidence of toasty oak, and a generous, velvety-textured finish. It appears to be evolving quickly, and can be drunk now as well as over the next 15 years.
This has a strange nose, one that I thought was corked at first with an evolved nose of mulberry, mushroom, burnt match that has a touch of volatility. The palate is medium-bodied, earthy, cigar box, dried herbs with a touch of spice on the finish. Lacking a little length