My favorite Beau-Sejour-Becot to date, this sumptuous, dense blue/purple-hued 2009 reveals a blockbuster nose of blueberry pie, black fruits, licorice, forest floor, spring flowers and a hint of mocha. A blend of 70% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon made from tiny yields of 27 hectoliters per hectare, this big, inky, powerful, tannic wine is sensationally concentrated. With an unctuous texture, full-bodied power and tremendous levels of tannin (largely concealed behind a cascade of rich fruit), this is a fabulous effort from a beautifully situated St.-Emilion premier grand cru classe. It will need 5-8 years of cellaring, and should keep for three decades.
|Score: 94+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (199), March 2012|
A great effort from the Becot family and their consultant, Jean Philippe Fort, the 2009 is a blend of 70% Merlot and the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. This is one of the highest-octane wines of St.-Emilion at 15% alcohol. Yields were very small (27 hectoliters per hectare) with the harvest taking place between October 10 and 14. The wine has an inky bluish/purple color and a big, powerful nose of raspberry confiture intermixed with crushed rock, licorice, and a very subtle hint of wood. A wine of enormous density, power, full-bodied richness and viscosity, it has good vibrancy and a boatload of tannin, but it is all seamlessly integrated in this colossal effort. Give it 3-5 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 30+ years. (Tasted four times.) Drink 2013-2043.
|Score: 93/95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010|
The Beausejour Becot 2009 is ripe and very poised on the nose with redcurrant, truffle, crushed stone and a touch of cassis - developing gorgeous floral notes with time. The palate is medium-bodied with a rounded entry. It has a fine saline entry, touch of brine, primal and powerful towards the white pepper-tinged finish. There is some fine Cabernet Franc in here - a great little Saint Emilion that punches above its weight. Tasted December 2012.
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2013|
Tasted at the Saint Emilion UGC, the Cabernet shows very well on the nose that has impressive clarity and precision: blackberry, black plum, crushed stone and a touch of graphite. Very good lift from the glass. The palate is very harmonious with silky tannins, succulent red-berried fruit, graphite and a touch of spice on the finish that fans out nicely across the palate. This is a superb Becot that will drink well for 15-20 years. Tasted March 2010.
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2010|
Blueberry, licorice and floral aromas follow through to a full body, with a beautiful core of fruit and a long, fine finish. Layered and gorgeous.
|Score: 93/96||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2010|
Rich, dark fruits on the nose, with a hint of smoked meat. Very thick and sweet and Napa Valley-like. Super-sweet. Perhaps difficult to match with food but it has been well made. Thick and drying and hard work. Very drying finish. Tarry. Date tasted 30th March 2010. Drink 2015-2027.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010|
Has all the characteristics expected of this consistent cru - deep colour, generous fruit, seductive aroma and firm but refined tannic frame. Drink 2016-2035.
|Score: 18||James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2010|