A few words from Philippe Blanc, managing director of Château Beychevelle, on the 2019 vintage.
Were there any notable weather events that affected the vines this year?
While we had record temperatures over the summer, the rainfalls in September reduced water stress and balanced sugar levels.
Were there any vintage specific issues or characteristics that affected the blend? How did each of the varieties turn out in 2019?
The exceptional crop allowed us to be very selective - we kept 52 to 53% of the crop which is a pretty high ratio. As always at Château Beychevelle, Merlot is predominant in the blend (49%).
How did you work up to final blend – can you share your process this year?
As always, we work as a team and work on the blend through repeat tasting.
What do you feel has had the biggest effect on the final taste profile of the 2019 vintage?
This vintage has a very good maturity without any excess - not in alcohol content nor in the extraction. Merlot grapes were perfectly ripe and kept their freshness and fruitiness.
How does 2019 compare to other vintages?
This is a difficult question as the millésime keeps maturing. It reminds me of 2016 and 2018. At this stage, it is more appealing than 2017 as it offers more roundness and sweetness, with slightly higher tannin levels.
Read the full report: Bordeaux 2019 A Vintage Preview