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Église de Saint-Julien-Beychevelle.jpg
Saint-Julien-Beychevelle is located in France
Coordinates: 45°09′56″N 0°44′21″W / 45.1656°N 0.7392°W / 45.1656; -0.7392Coordinates: 45°09′56″N 0°44′21″W / 45.1656°N 0.7392°W / 45.1656; -0.7392
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Gironde
Arrondissement Lesparre-Médoc
Canton Pauillac
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Lucien Bressan
Area1 16.3 km2 (6.3 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 701
 • Density 43/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 33423 /33250
Elevation 0–28 m (0–92 ft)
(avg. 16 m or 52 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Saint-Julien-Beychevelle is a commune on the left bank of the Garonne estuary in the Gironde department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,165 —    
1968 1,216 +4.4%
1975 1,160 −4.6%
1982 1,006 −13.3%
1990 873 −13.2%
1999 798 −8.6%
2008 701 −12.2%


The village lies 15 km (9.3 mi) northwest of Bordeaux and is considered by some to be the most underrated of the four major wine growing appellations of the Médoc.

The 9 km2 (3.5 sq mi) of vineyards around the villages of St-Julien and Beychevelle produce wine of relative lightness and balance. Its strength stems from the quality of its soil – the characteristic layer of gravel forcing the roots of the vine to go to extra depth to reach its nutrients, as well as retaining additional heat to see it through the cooling winds from the Atlantic away to the west.

St-Julien contains no First Growths but it does have estates ranked as Second, Third and Fourth Growths in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.

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