About the Wine
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Just over half a mile away (or a 10-minute walk) from world-renowned Premier Grand Cru Château Ausone, is located the magnificent Château Beau-Sejour Becot, an outstanding Premier Grand Crus Classé B.
The first records of this legendary estate date back more than two thousand years. This Château, which has been owned by different important people and monks for the period, is in the hands of the Becot family since 1929. Today, Juliette Becot y Julien Barthe are the proud owners of this legendary estate.
For more than 40 years, iconic winemaker Michel Rolland was the consultant here. Rolland was the winemaker during the 2000’s amazing vintage. Later, he transferred all this expertise to Thomas Duclos, the new wine consultant since 2018.
Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot’s 54-acre vineyard is planted mainly with the two Queens in Saint-Emilion: Merlot and Cab Franc, with a little percentage of Cab Sauvignon. These old vines, some of them 75 years, are placed on the limestone plateau of Saint Emilion. This beautiful terroir composed of clay that has deep, limestone soils, is the canvas to produce this outstanding Saint-Emilion.
Aging: 18 months in 55% new French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: See Critical Reviews for detailed tasting notes.
The nose is elegant, and racy, marked by its terroir, and offers power (full of finesse), and aromatic complexity as well as a multi-layered side. It reveals notes of wild blackberries, crushed small black fruits, and small notes of crushed strawberries associated with touches of violet, cornflowers, bright blue berries, tonka bean, slight hints of lilies, violet as well as discreet hints of black tea, camphor, a discreet hint of pepper and vanilla pod. The palate is elegant, very finely tight, and offers finesse, delicacy, gourmandize, a beautiful definition, precision, a pretty shiny fruit, a fine sapidity, precision, tension, a beautiful juicy/pulpy/acidulous fruit, a good finesse of the fat, an almost aerial side as well as a beautiful guideline. On the palate, this wine expresses notes of pulpy/juicy blackberry, bright cassis, and small notes of raspberry associated with touches of juicy small black fruits as well as hints of licorice / zan, black tea, slight hints of blond tobacco, toasted and a very discreet hint of camphor / dark chocolate. Tannins are elegant, well-built, fine, racy and finely enveloping. A beautiful wine! ~97 VertdeVin
Rich plum color. This takes its time to open, is pretty subtle at first, but then explodes in juicy fruit. Clear salinity where you can feel the slate scrape of the limestone terroir, alongside well-expressed aromatics with touches of peony flowers. Elegant and succulent. Second vintage with Jean de Cournuaud as technical director. A yield of 46hl/ha. 65% new oak, with a mix of barrels and 20hl casks. 3.77pH. Harvest 18-21 September, with all the Merlots in 3.5 days instead of the usual 11 days (and in fact stretched over one month in 2018), with just 20 minutes from picking to vat. Thomas Duclos consultant. ~96 Decanter
Plums, currants, pine cones, mushrooms and bark on the nose. Some licorice, too. It’s medium-bodied with tightly knit tannins. Tight and fresh with fantastic tension and drive. Refined and focused. Spicy and lightly salty at the end. ~96 James Suckling.
This delivers a tumble of ripe raspberry, plum and boysenberry fruit flavors, lined with violet, red tea, and sweet tobacco notes that add lift and range. The long, racy, chalk-lined finish leaves a pure feel that's not easy to achieve in this vintage. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2024 through 2038. ~95 Wine Spectator
Dark ruby garnet, violet reflections, subtle lightening of the edges. Fine precious wood spice, black heart cherries, some licorice, delicate nougat and figs, attractive bouquet. Juicy, fresh currants, lively structure, fine, supporting tannins, an individual style that encourages drinking, red berry finish. Safe development potential. ~94 Falstaff
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