The 2016 Beau-Sejour-Becot is a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon cropped at 40 hectoliters per hectare, picked between 3-20 October. It has a very pure and precise bouquet, pure with joyful black cherries, blackcurrants, cedar and incense that is beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very well balanced, sensual and lively with a gentle, caressing finish of cedar and tobacco. There is good structure here, a Saint Emilion that should age with style. This continues the upswing of Beau-Sejour-Becot.
Drink Date 2022 - 2045
|Score: 93/95||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
This is really beautiful in 2016 showing blackberry, blueberry and walnut character. Full-bodied, tight and focussed with fantastic length. Serious. Best ever modern vintage?
|Score: 93/94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017|
Deep crimson. Smooth and ripe. No rough edges. Until a sort of dry Marmite finish (love it or hate it). Cool, light end. Rather a lack of fruit intensity on the mid palate.
|Score: 16||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
This 20 hectare vineyard is well situated in the heart of Saint Emilion and is planted with 80% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. Juicy and plump in fruit with a very creamy, rounded palate. Red cherries and plum compote bring the sweetness which smoky tobacco notes provide the savoury edge. Supple and smooth with no hard edges.
|Score: 15.5+||Farr Vintners, April 2017|
The nose is firm and fresh the start of the palate has a mix of red fruits and bramble. Sweeter and richer in the middle the fruit is ripe then fresh black fruits give a lighter feel firm on the finish. 2025-35
|Score: 85/88||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
One of the later picked wines in St Emilion in 2016 (on October 15th), this is a correspondingly ripe, even heady, wine with rich bramble and blackberry fruit, hints of tangerine and ground spices and the chalkiness of the best wines from the plateau. 2024-31
|Score: 94||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|
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.
Drinking Window 2027 - 2050
|Score: 94||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017|