At the heart of the property’s identity is a legend, that of the first Duke of Epernon, who owned the Château at the beginning of the 17th century. He became so powerful that as boats passed in front of his estate, they would lower their sails to show their allegiance. This deep mark of respect gave rise to the château’s emblem, a ship with a griffon-shaped prow; its name in Gascon, Bêcha vêla, meaning “baisse voile” (“lower the sails”), later became Beychevelle.
Château Beychevelle has 250 hectares of land, about 90 of which are planted with vines. The vineyard is planted with the Médoc’s four traditional grape varieties: 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. The proximity of the Gironde, which can be seen from the front steps of the Château, has a protective, regulating effect on the climate that is vital for the production of Beychevelle’s wines.
The new cellar of Château Beychevelle, inaugurated in 2016 is innovative both in terms of its facilities and its architecture, with cubic shapes and large windows, this powerful tool has further strengthened the property’s meticulous approach to producing “custom-made” wines.
Philippe BLANC has 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.