Tasting Notes Beychevelle 2009
The finest Beychevelle since the 2003 and probably since the 1982, Beychevelle’s 2009 is opaque purple in color, with a beautiful, floral nose intermixed with black currant fruit, licorice, cedar wood and Christmas fruitcake. Full-bodied yet still elegant and pure, this wine has velvety tannins, a broad, savory mouthfeel, and a very long finish. There is plenty of tannin behind the extravagant fruit, glycerin and texture of this wine, but it is largely concealed. This wine could actually turn out to be even better than my relatively conservative tasting note. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2042.
Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Beychevelle 2009 here seems more muted on the nose: introspective and surly, reluctant to offer the fruit intensity that its peers are offering at this early juncture. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit on the entry tinged with leather and dried orange peel. There is good weight and structure towards the finish that is “classic” in style, the oak playing a secondary role to the fruit. Nothing wrong with that. Very fine. Tasted January 2013.