Let us not obsess over the position of the sails on the sailing boats as they passed this Chateau on their way to or from the local ports. The label shows the gryphon-fronted longboat that has apparently had the Chinese market in a ferment and more significantly, history records nearly a century and a half of underperformance. Things began to look up in the late 20th century. The mid-eighties saw an extremely important change of ownership as GMF. the French civil servants pension fund, gradually bought the estate before bringing in Suntory as a 40% partner in the business. This brought the first real investment in the property for decades and things here have been on the up ever since.
So, with some very good wines being made in the nineties and better ever since, Beychevelle is a property that has been poor, then inconsistent and now regularly produces characterful Bordeaux that are true to the commune appellation and delicious as well as age-worthy. With very fond memories of the 1986 at this address, it is a delight to be able to add Chateau Beychevelle to the list of high quality and affordable clarets. (CW 22/10/14)