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Beau-Séjour Bécot 2011

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Right Bank > St Emilion
Grape VarietyMerlot

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Tasting Notes

A masculine, slightly rustic style of St.-Emilion, this dense ruby/purple-hued, medium-bodied 2011 exhibits notes of mulberries, black cherries, earth, graphite and a touch of background oak. It possesses elevated tannins, but a good attack and impressive purity as well as depth. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it over the next 15+ years.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), April 2014

The 2011 Beau-Séjour Bécot has a well-defined and pure bouquet with redcurrant, cranberry, blood orange and more mineralité than its peers. Fine delineation, becomes a little volatile in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, fine grip, cedar and tobacco dominating the short but delineated finish. Enjoy this over the next few years. Tasted blind at the annual 10-Year-On tasting. 2022 - 2030

Neal Martin, vinous.com, April 2022

This is grapey, with licorice and flowers on the nose and palate. Medium to full body with fine tannins and a medium finish. Needs time to open. Better in 2016

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2014

The nose has a nice mix of flavours with the freshness of red fruits backed by slightly sweeter cassis. There is a good weight of flavour in the middle and although the tannins are firm sweet fruit does fill out the back palate.

Derek Smedley MW, April 2012

I tasted this wine on three occasions and it was very consistent. It's lighter than some of the château's releases, but the balance is spot on: grainy tannins, plush plum and fruitcake flavours, a lick of sweet oak and a freshness and zip that gives the wine a clean, minerally finish. The riper fruit works beautifully here. 8+ years.

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2012

Deep crimson hue. Attractive fruit with just a hint of raisined ripeness but the palate is firm, fresh and long. Balanced and satisfying. Drink 2018-1030.

James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2012
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A typical example of Beau-Sejour Becot (a 40-acre vineyard on top of St.-Emilion's limestone plateau), yields were 37 hectoliters per hectare and the wine is relatively powerful for a 2011 (14.5% alcohol). The final blend was 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. This modern-styled effort exhibits copious aromas of toasty oak, espresso roast, melted chocolate, black currants and cherries. The nearly exotic, somewhat flamboyant and elegant St.-Emilion is not a big bruiser, but rather possesses plenty of finesse and freshness because of its acid levels. It should drink well for two decades.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012

Tasted three times with consistent notes, the Beauséjour Becot has a ripe, fruitcake scented bouquet that is clean and delineated although for me, just slightly over-extracted. The palate is sweet and ripe on the entry with chewy tannins, good acidity and substance, the finish a little attenuated but well balanced. Fine. It may evolve more finesse throughout its maturation. Tasted April 2012.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2012
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