2015 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot, St Emilion, Bordeaux

2015 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot, St Emilion, Bordeaux

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2015 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot, St Emilion, Bordeaux

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Displaying a tight-knit kernel of explosively ripe fruit on the mid-palate, a silky texture and beautiful balance, with enticing aromas of ripe berry fruit, this is tasty wine. It has a freshness and charm along with great finesse and very fine-grained tannins.
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Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot

Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot

Beau-Séjour Bécot, an llustrious St. Emilion property was stripped of its 1er Grand Cru Classé status in 1985 and was relegated to the category of St.Emilion Grand Cru due to Michel Bécot's incorporation of a couple of non 1er grand cru vineyards. The decision was reversed in 1996 and Beau-Séjour Bécot is now one of the leading 1er Grand Cru Classé 'B' properties.

Beau-Séjour Bécot's 20 hectares of vineyards are superbly sited on a limestone plateau in the north-west part of the appellation. The wine is a blend of 70% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon - the grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats, and the wine is matured in oak barriques (50-70% new) for 18-20 months.

The ubiquitous Michel Rolland is a consultant at Beau-Séjour Bécot and the wines, not surprisingly, are full-bodied, concentrated and rich with layers of seductive cassis-scented fruits and hints of smoky new oak.

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St-Emilion

St-Emilion

St Emilion is one of Bordeaux's largest producing appellations, producing more wine than Listrac, Moulis, St Estèphe, Pauillac, St Julien and Margaux put together. St Emilion has been producing wine for longer than the Médoc but its lack of accessibility to Bordeaux's port and market-restricted exports to mainland Europe meant the region initially did not enjoy the commercial success that funded the great châteaux of the Left Bank. 

St Emilion itself is the prettiest of Bordeaux's wine towns, perched on top of the steep limestone slopes upon which many of the region's finest vineyards are situated. However, more than half of the appellation's vineyards lie on the plain between the town and the Dordogne River on sandy, alluvial soils with a sprinkling of gravel. 

Further diversity is added by a small, complex gravel bed to the north-east of the region on the border with Pomerol.  Atypically for St Emilion, this allows Cabernet Franc and, to a lesser extent, Cabernet Sauvignon to prosper and defines the personality of the great wines such as Ch. Cheval Blanc.  

In the early 1990s there was an explosion of experimentation and evolution, leading to the rise of the garagistes, producers of deeply-concentrated wines made in very small quantities and offered at high prices.  The appellation is also surrounded by four satellite appellations, Montagne, Lussac, Puisseguin and St. Georges, which enjoy a family similarity but not the complexity of the best wines.

St Emilion was first officially classified in 1954, and is the most meritocratic classification system in Bordeaux, as it is regularly amended. The most recent revision of the classification was in 2012

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Merlot

Merlot

The most widely planted grape in Bordeaux and a grape that has been on a relentless expansion drive throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils and is relatively simple to cultivate. It is a vigorous naturally high yielding grape that requires savage pruning - over-cropped Merlot-based wines are dilute and bland. It is also vital to pick at optimum ripeness as Merlot can quickly lose its varietal characteristics if harvested overripe.

In St.Emilion and Pomerol it withstands the moist clay rich soils far better than Cabernet grapes, and at it best produces opulently rich, plummy clarets with succulent fruitcake-like nuances. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of hedonistically rich Merlot wines at their very best. It also plays a key supporting role in filling out the middle palate of the Cabernet-dominated wines of the Médoc and Graves.

Merlot is now grown in virtually all wine growing countries and is particularly successful in California, Chile and Northern Italy.

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Critics reviews

The Wine Advocate95/100
Jancis16+/20
Wine Spectator 92-95/100
Decanter94/100
The Wine Advocate95/100
The 2015 Beau-Sejour Becot is composed of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 85% new and 15% one-year-old French oak for 17 months. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the nose opens with blackberries, black cherries and crushed black plums with touches of spice box, lavender and cedar. Medium to full-bodied, it's rich, velvety and decadent in the mouth with a firm backbone and long, spicy finish. Yum!
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - 21/02/2018 Read more
Jancis16+/20
Very deep crimson. Edgy and charred. A bit too exaggerated. Hard work! Shades of the 1990s…
Drink 2025-2038
Jancis Robinson MW - jancisrobinson.com - Apr 2016 Read more
Wine Spectator 92-95/100
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Decanter94/100
90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Rich and ripe with dark fruit notes. A hint of jamminess on the nose. Palate smooth and suave with a power of tannin behind. Sweet and ripe but has tension. Firm, dry finish.
Drink: 2023-2035
James Lawther MW - decanter.com Read more