The 2021 Joanin Bécot has a very appealing, pure black cherry and cassis bouquet that opens nicely in the glass. The palate still has a bit of gas, but I appreciate the balance and freshness, and the structure on the finish. This is promising.
Drink 2027 - 2035
Neal Martin, vinous.com, (May 2022)
This 14-hectare vineyard in the Côtes de Castillon has delivered a fine performance with the 2021 Joanin Bécot. Offering up aromas of cherries, dark berries and subtle hints of pipe tobacco, it's medium to full-bodied, fleshy and precise, with a generous core of fruit framed by fine tannins and a bright spine of acidity. It's a characterful, beautifully made wine that punches above its weight.
William Kelley, Wine Advocate (Apr 2022)
A juicy red with plum, coffee and light tobacco character. Medium-bodied with medium, round tannins and a savory finish.
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (May 2022)
About this WINE
Chateau Joanin Becot
Cotes de Castillon
To the east of the St Émilion wine appellation, and on the north bank of the Dordogne, Côtes de Castillon has been the site of considerable interest and investment since the early 2000s. Wine production is significant, yielding over 1.5 million cases per annum and quality is quite variable, ranging from the everyday from the sandy and light gravel soils to imposing, aspirational wines benefiting from considerable investment, and made from the clay and limestone vineyards on higher slopes.
The style of these latter wines is akin to good St Émilion, and the wines use predominantly Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In common with other regions recognised to produce interesting and good-value wines, several well-known St Émilion proprietors have invested in the appellation over the past decade, among them Gérard Perse of Ch. Pavie, Stephan Von Neipperg of Canon-la-Gaffelière, and consultant Stéphane Derénoncourt.