There are no first growths in Saint-Julien. Instead, Saint-Julien has the satisfaction of being the first prelate of the Médoc: almost all his flock are classed growths. Wine drinkers on a pilgrimage through the Médoc are inspired to reverence by the sublime gravel outcrop proudly guarded by Beychevelle and Branaire. Here, passing ships formerly lowered their sails (a tradition at the origin of the name Beychevelle); today, voyagers are exhorted to salute. These are solid wines that are the very definition of mellow, the expression of fullness, a symbol of balance. Legions of faithful flock to Saint-Julien's cardinal-red robe to commune with greatness.