Yes, there is a huge amount of new wood here. It tastes highly toasty, making wood tannins the only ones at present. But there is something more that comes from the almost hidden layer of perfumed fruit. Give this wine the benefit of the doubt—Beychevelle is performing well at the moment.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.