2016 Chateau Beausejour Becot Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

  • 98 Point "Absolutely Remarkable"Vintage ~Vinous Media
  • Awarded 5 Times 95 Point Score!
  • "Straight-up Classy, Seamless, Ultra-Fine Saint Emilion" ~JD
  • "Could this be the Best Beauséjour Bécot Ever Made? Quite Possibly" ~VM
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About the Wine

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: 16 months in 90% new French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes: 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
See Critical Reviews for detailed tasting notes.


Showing spectacularly well on the two occasions I was able to taste it, the 2016 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot is a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 16 months in 90% new oak, and hitting a healthy 14.5% natural alcohol. This straight-up classy, seamless, ultra-fine Saint Emilion offers a beautiful bouquet of red currants, white truffles, spice, and flowers. With brilliant limestone character, fabulous intensity on both the nose and palate, ultra-fine tannins, and a magical texture, it’s approachable today yet has another 20+ years of prime drinking. ~95 Jeb Dunnuck

Extremely aromatic and lifted on the nose with wild fruit and flowers, as well as chalk and mushroom undertones. Full body and ultra-fine tannins with beautiful grace and balance. Shows structure yet refinement at the same time. Needs four to five years to come completely together, but already so beautiful. ~95 James Suckling

Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Beau-Sejour Becot (80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) is just a little closed to begin, opening out to reveal beautiful chocolate-covered cherries, preserved plums and black raspberries scents with touches of stewed tea, tobacco, red roses and cinnamon stick. Full-bodied and jam-packed with perfumed fruit layers, it has a rock-solid frame of ripe, finely grained tannins and layer upon layer of provocative black fruit and savory layers on the finish. ~95 Wine Advocate

The 2016 Beauséjour Bécot has a sensual bouquet of pure red cherries and crushed strawberry laced with cedar and light graphite scents. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and well-judged acidity. The finish is harmonious and somehow just effortless. This actually reminds me of its neighbor, Château Canon. Could the 2016 represent the best Beauséjour Bécot ever made? Quite possibly. ~95 Vinous Media

This wine has a smoky quality, with ripe tannins and dense blackberry and spice flavors as well as wonderful freshness. The wine has considerable potential, rich in tannins and acidity. ~95 Wine Enthusiast

Right on the limestone plateau, this has a lovely delivery of extremely ripe black fruits dotted through with minerality and little pulses of electricity. Extremely successful, this will age well thanks to elongated tannins that are chalky in all the right places. Again, we have this slight austerity on the finish, a reminder than 2016 is not the right bank party we saw in 2015, but this is excellent with such a beautiful balance. ~94 Decanter

This is a very fresh and unencumbered style, with a beam of pure blackberry and raspberry fruit racing through, carried by polished structure and infused with alluring black tea and incense tones. The finish is velvety, though there are graphite and tobacco notes buried within. ~94 Wine Spectator

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