Chateau Beychevelle, 1985 by Raymond Campbell


Chateau Beychevelle, 1985


Raymond Campbell

Ref GM560
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 16" x 20" (40 x 50 cm)
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Beychevelle is one of the greatest chateaux in the Médoc, in Bordeaux, France. It takes its name from the French words “baisse-boile”, which means “lowering of sails”. Under King Henry III of France, the land was the fief of the Dukes of Epernon, the first of whom was supposed to be so powerful that, according to legend, boats passing in front of his chateau had to lower their sails as a sign of allegiance. The chateau on the site today was built in the 17th century and reconstructed by the Marquis du Brassier in 1757, very much in the style of Louis XV. Wine produced at the chateau was classified as one of 10 quatrièmes cru (fourth growths) in the historic official Bordeaux classification of 1855. In the latter half of the 20th century the quality of the wine produced by the chateau increased considerably, and the chateau itself is one of the most beautiful properties in Bordeaux. 1985 was one of Beychevelle’s greatest vintages.