Tasting Notes Beychevelle 1998
This elegant, stylish, well-delineated Beychevelle offers finesse and beauty in a medium-bodied, firmly-structured, flavorful format. Red and black currants, licorice, minerals, spice, and tar notes are subtle, but persuasive. While it does not cut an enormous swath across the palate, the wine's acidity, alcohol, and tannin are well-balanced. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2016.
This includes a high percentage of Merlot (45%). The '98 Beychevelle is showing some signs of maturity on the rim. It exhibits a rather herbaceous nose, comparatively diffuse with touches of sous-bois and scorched leather. The palate is medium-bodied, light for a '98 with slightly raw tannin and a drying finish that comes all too early. A disappointing Beychevelle. Drink now. Tasted May 2008.