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1996 Beychevelle Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend: 750ml
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Bishop François de Foix-Candale commissioned the first Château building
in 1565. This passed to his niece and heir, spouse of Jean-Louis de
Nogaret de la Valette, First Duc d'Epernon, favourite of King Henri
III, Grand Admiral of France, and later successively governor of
Provence and Guyenne.
It was this man who was responsible for the name Beychevelle: ships sailing past his residence had to lower their flags (Beychevelle is an archaic spelling of Baisse Voile, which means, literally, `Lower Your Sails') in homage of the all-powerful Duc d'Epernon.
The start of the nineteenth century saw the property in decline, but then Bordeaux wine merchant Pierre-François Guestier, brought Château Beychevelle back to its splendour by winning a gold medal in 1866.
His successor, Armand Heine, cousin of German poet Heinrich Heine, had the north wing of the castle built. He also replanted the vineyard after the phylloxera disaster. His wife, Marie-Amélie Kohn then re-established this vineyard.
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