[Revue de presse] Château Bégadan, Médoc

Le Château Bégadan date de 1972. Il s’étend sur 28 hectares de vignes avec une moyenne d’âge de 20 ans sur des sols de graves et argilo-calcaire. Situé au cœur du Médoc dans la commune de Bégadan, il appartient depuis plusieurs générations à la famille Salette. La répartition atypique de l’encépagement (majoritairement merlot) donne au vin une dimension toute particulière, pleine de rondeur et de finesse.



« 15.5. Smoke and slightly horsey aromas on the nose. Juicy red fruit character, crunchy acid, light palate and a brief finish. There’s plenty of ripeness here, but the oak is a little obvious, and there seems to be something a little un-fresh on the palate. » Richard Hemming, Jancis Robinson

« The berry and blackberry aromas with black olives are very attractive. Medium to full body, round and juicy tannins and a savory finish. Smoky and slightly decadent. Drink or hold. » Neal Martin, RP Wine Advocate

« 90. Dense purple core. Pure nose, modern with ripe dark fruit, new oak, coffee and tobacco. Rather full palate, dense dark fruit with crushed cassis and plum notes, rich in tannin, still on the youthful side but well-built with fresh dark fruit and a long lingering finish. » Andreas Larsson, Tasted



« Grapes from mainly young vines in this blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are given a firm texture by the serious amount of wood aging that brings in mint and spice as well as toast. The wine’s black-currant character is still developing. Drink from 2023. » Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast

« Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois annual tasting, the 2015 Begadan has a clean and fresh bouquet with cranberry and wild strawberry scents neatly integrated and given lift by the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin but just when I am enjoying this Médoc, there is too much chocolaty, toasty oak that dries out the finish. Fingers crossed it will improve in bottle. Tasted September 2017. » Neal Martin, RP Wine Advocate

« 16. Cooked bramble fruits plus lovely earthy notes and a touch of vanilla and cinnamon. Dry, fine tannin, which gives a solid frame to the otherwise fairly light body.
Satisfying, balanced, complete. » Richard Hemming, Jancis Robinson

« 91. Medium deep ruby red colour. Roasted nose with coffee, smoke and fine oak paired with ripe dark berries. Dense palate with fresh dark fruit, grainy tannin, a fine toastiness, integrated oak and a long lingering finish. Already good but of course a great potential for cellaring » Andreas Larsson, Tasted



« 91. The berry and blackberry aromas with black olives are very attractive. Medium to full body, round and juicy tannins and a savory finish. Smoky and slightly decadent. Drink or hold. » James Suckling

« The 2016 Begadan has plenty of clean raspberry and blackberry fruit on the nose, laced with cedar and tobacco. The palate is crisp and fresh with fine tannin, well judged acidity, not persistent but the use of new oak is assiduous and allows the precision to shine through on the finish. Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois tasting in London. » Neal Martin, Vinous

« 16.5. Dark crimson. Ripe and seductive on the nose, but not at all overripe. Pure dark fruit and a hint of spice. Dark and savoury on the palate. Lovely depth with no unwanted sweetness. Just a fine, classic Médoc. At this RRP, GV. » Julia Harding, Jancis Robinson

« The nose is spicy and offers a fine freshness as well as a fine power. This wine should be decanted. It reveals notes of fleshy blackberry, wild raspberry and more slightly gray pepper associated with fine hints of fleshy Gariguette strawberry, violet, liquorice , mocha as well as very discreet hints of sweet spices/nutmeg. The palate is fruity, fresh, mineral, well-balanced and offers suavity as well as a finely acidulous/fresh frame. On the palate this wine expresses notes of fleshy cherry, fleshy/juicy cassis and more slightly fleshy/juicy small red berries associated with a touch of juicy violet plum, liquorice as well as very discreet hints of spices. » VertdeVin

« Dark purple core and a lighter rim. Pure nose offering red and dark berries with roasted oak, smoke and plenty of spiciness. Medium weight with a youthful tannic bite, some notes of butterscotch and oak with sweet fruit, crème de cassis and tobacco followed by a rather long, still young finish. » Andreas Larsson, Tasted





« 91. Currants, plums, dried earth, tile and orange zest on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins. Flavorful and fresh. Nicely done. Better from 2022. » James Suckling




« 91. A medium-bodied red with currant and berry aromas and flavors. Some walnuts, too. Creamy tannins. Attractive finish. Typical. Drink after 2025. » James Suckling

« Darker ruby red colour. Fragrant aromas of cassis, cherry, plum, fine oak and tobacco. Medium weight with a youthful texture, some oak derived spice and butterscotch with good freshness and length, still a bit restrained needing time to open. » Andreas Larsson, Tasted

« Concentrated red tinged with garnet. Perky vanilla oak on the nose coupled with lovely ripe blackcurrant and cherry. A harmonious, intense wine driven by fruit aromas that are supported by silky oakiness. Chewy feel on the finish. The ideal style for red meats. » Gilbert & Gaillard



« Fresh and delicious red with redcurrant, iron and light spice character. Medium to light body. Delicate tannins. Drink now. » James Suckling

« Belle robe pourpre soutenu. Nez prometteur mariant prune, cassis, épices fines, discret chêne toasté. Bouche bien construite, ample et ferme, peu épanouie pour le moment, de style classique, alerte et persistante. Un médoc qui ne manque pas d’atouts. » Gilbert & Gaillard