Amiral de Beychevelle St. Julien 2010
|Brand||Amiral de Beychevelle|
Wine EnthusiastBeychevelle's style privileges elegance over weight, and such is the case with the 2010. It's a pure-fruited, ripe and lightly tannic wine, emphasizing a blackberry note. This will evolve relatively quickly, reaching a peak in approximately eight years.
Wine AdvocateShowing better from bottle than it did from barrel, where it was also impressive, but not quite at this level, the 2010 Beychevelle displays sweet black currant, black cherry, foresty notes, medium to full-bodied texture with impressive purity and moderately high tannins (although they've softened considerably during the wine's upbringing in barrel). Layered and rich for a Beychevelle, this wine should easily withstand three decades of cellaring. I would give it another 3-4 years of bottle age, but this is a fabulous effort from the first chateau one sees upon entering the appellation of St.-Julien.
Wine SpectatorOffers 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.