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2005 Chateau Beychevelle Saint-Julien

Had this wine on SUN with lunch, after leaving it in a decanter for about 30 minutes.  Robert Parker gave it only 90 points. 2005 was an excellent vintage in Bordeaux, especially for the Left Bank.

2005 Chateau Beychevelle Saint-Julien

Youthful dark red garnet color. A well developed nose, intense, complex, with great aromas of cassis, pencil shavings, smoky plum, green bell pepper but just in a small dose, enough to increase its complexity and black cherry; a really nice nose. Full bodied, ripe and polished tannins, very balanced, with depth, fairly rich flavors on the palate and good freshness given by the mineral character. Long finish, spicy, with a very good drink-ability and very pleasant freshness. This wine is open and as much as it has a good aging potential, it is drinking extremely well already. 13% alc (93/100)

It would be interesting to find out how other 2005’s taste today.

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