The 2009 Beychevelle is characterized by mature fruity (blackcurrant, cherry very ripe black) flavors. The structure of the wine is very wide but silky and complemented by subtle woody notes. Tannins are present and tasty, without astringency. The wine has good aging potential and a high level of maturity.
Wine Enthusiast (WE): 93
"An opulent, ripe wine from the ever-improving Beychevelle. It is rounded with new wood flavors along with just the right amount of tannin. Deceptively soft, with a solid, dry character behind the fruit."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 93
"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."
Wine Spectator (WS): 92
"This has the dark, winey cassis bush and roasted plum fruit of the appellation, but steps up the integration and length, with racy linzer torte and graphite notes and a lovely tobacco-filled finish supported by mouthwatering acidity."