Château Beychevelle has 250 hectares of land, about 90 of which are planted with vines. The rest consists of grassland where Limousin cows graze, and of pine forests, poplar, ash and walnut trees. The word Terroir only makes sense if one understands the way in which the Médoc’s climate, or microclimate, interacts with the vineyard. Even then, the picture is not complete unless we add the winemaker’s talent for growing the grapes and looking after each plot of vines. The proximity of the Gironde, which can be seen from the front steps of the Château, has a protective, regulating affect on the climate that is vital for the production of exceptional wines.
Philippe BLANC joined Château Beychevelle, famous Saint-Julien Classified Growth, in 1995 as Managing Director and winemaker. He graduated in viticulture and oenology from Paris and Montpellier universities. His working experience started in Champagne, then in Australia where he spent 4 years from 1989 to 1993 before being back to Bordeaux. During his management, he has never ceased to search for improvements in the quality of the Beychevelle vineyard and wines. HACCP, sustainable viticulture accreditation (Terra Vitis), environmental certification (ISO 14001), developing nowadays organic viticulture are some of the achievements implemented with the help of his team in the recent past. The last major venture was the building of a brand new state-of-the-art winemaking facility that was completed for 2016 harvest.
Château Beychevelle’s new winery has been custom-made to suit the vineyard, with every vine having a place in a plot-by-plot vinification process, that enables each terroir to express its full complexity and depth. Combining innovation and tradition, the winery is a perfect reflection of Château Beychevelle’s “haute-couture” expertise.