Gold Medal: Wine Competition of Lyon(France) 92 points – James Suckling
“Attractive berry biscuit with a fresh and succulent array of ripe red plums and blackberries on offer, leading to a very attractive and vibrant palate, carrying plenty of red-fruit flavor.” - James Suckling
In appellation Haut-Médoc, Château Haut-Beyzac is established in Vertheuil with 30 hectares and remarkable geology (clay-limestone). The vineyard is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, the preferred grape of this soil, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Three distinct cuvées are made in very different ways of vinification, aging, and blending.
Grape Varietals: 65% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot
Appellation: Haut-Médoc, Cru Bourgeois
Soil: Clay and Limestone
Aging: French Oak barrels
Included in the Box
3x 2016 Château Haut Beyzac, Haut-Médoc, France
12x 2016 Château Haut Beyzac, Haut-Médoc, France
$480 for a Case/$40 MSRP/Not for sale online
About The Winery
Winery: Château Haut-Beyzac
Owners: Raguenot Lallez Miller family
Location: Haut-Médoc, France
Château Haut-Beyzac is the last acquisition of the Raguenot Lallez Miller family. They bought the vineyard in 1997 and took the time to study the soil and rebuilt the vineyard that benefits from an incredible soil made of clay and limestone. In 2001, the first vintage was produced and its quality got the attention of renowned wine professionals and press, earning them more than 100 medals and prizes over 25 years.
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89 Points Château Haut Beyzac 2016 Haut-Médoc
This wine from a cru bourgeois estate in Vertheuil shows attractive signs of wood aging, enhancing the berry fruits rather than swamping them. With a relatively high percentage of Petit Verdot at 11%, the wine is structured and darkly colored. The tannins need to cool down and the wine will be best from 2022. 3/1/220 RV
@PatrickKarcher Noticed that, but there is quite a bit of merlot planted and happy to be corrected but I believe more than a few Haut Medoc Crus Bourgeois are merlot dominant or at least a heavy influence.
@kaolis I’ve have some very good inexpensive bottles from Medoc and some less than average inexpensive bottles from Medoc. Usually no more than 50% Merlot on the ones I’ve liked best. Doesn’t look like we’ll get a rat. @winedavid49 have you tried this?
From Yves Beck (?)
88 points Château Haut-Beyzac Cru Bourgeois 2016
"Purplish purple. I have a little trouble approaching this bouquet. The fruit struggles to reveal itself. This is not wrong in itself, but it is not expressive enough, for the moment. The mouth is more talkative, better able to reveal its abilities. It has well integrated tannins and good aromatic intensity. A juicy, delicious and promising wine that deserves a little aging. 2020-2032 »
@kaolis “The mouth is more talkative” seems like one of the funniest phrases in a wine review (well, duh?). Of course I’ll forgive that it’s a google translate from French. [just realize now I oddly didn’t even notice “Purplish purple”]
@ScottHarveyWine I agree that these can be very good wines and good values. I think the case price represents a very good QPR. We’re in SW Florida for the next few months, so this isn’t the wine to have with our seafood dinners watching the sunset on the Gulf… could be great in cool weather with lamb, though!
@rpm@ScottHarveyWine not a player here but seems to be something right up my alley as well. This is the kind of stuff I’ve been buying for years and quite honestly I think there are more hits than misses if you pay just a little bit of attention. Solid vintage too.
@KNmeh7 Or maybe they are just lonely like the rest of us and want to hang out with a bunch of cool people here, And even those of us not-so-cool. But your theory of an upcoming offering does inspire hope…
@KNmeh7@WCCWineGirl For almost any other winemakers I’d agree. Larry and Scott both actually like the community, and Scott is a semi-frequent customer.
But we shall see…some 1869 over the next while would get the SIWBM to fall most likely.
So excited to receive this wine today via UPS this afternoon. Instantly changed our dinner plans, ordering up our favorite pie from our local, handmade pizza stop. Upon opening the wine and taking a quick taste, I noticed something was a little off (based on what I was expecting) and the bottle looked a little different. Throwing open the iPad, I brought up the image and noted a few differences…1) there is a thick black line at the bottom of the label “blacking out some information” 2) ABV on the bottle in the picture via Casemates indicates 12.5% (one of the reasons I was interested), description indicates 13.5%, actual is 14% per the label on the bottle.
Most shocking is that the online blend description via Casemates as well as the links others provided show: 65% Merlot, 24% Cabernet, 11% Petit Verdot.
Actual blend per the bottle is: 65% Cabernet, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot.
Not a bad wine, but definitely not what I was expecting. Nose is nice, but the wine is drinking very young (hot and tannic) and needs a lot more time in the bottle in my opinion.
@sammypedram Clarification…I was not chosen as a rat. I actually ordered a case and the case I ordered is what came in the mail. Eleven bottles to go! (Though I think they’ll be going in deep storage.)
For sh!@t’s and giggles, this may make anyone who ordered some feel a little better:
@Allieroon@ScottW58 Closed and hot initially but after decanting for an hour some cedar and fruit came through. Short-ish finish but overall it was enjoyable and complemented the grass-fed beef & mushrooms.
@disstone8@ScottW58 I got the same first impression as well…so much so that I had to double check the bottle. Did you notice the ABV is actually 14% and the blend is opposite from the original listing?