2021 Château Joanin Bécot, Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux

2021 Château Joanin Bécot, Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux

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2021 Château Joanin Bécot, Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux

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Merlot 85%, Cabernet Franc 15%

Juliette Bécot’s distinctive style at her St Emilion property works well here in Castillon. The appellation’s sometimes slightly rugged edge is smoothed and loosened to an expressive and generous wine with sufficient dimension to make this very rewarding. No SO2 is used before a 10-day cold soak, followed by an ultra-gentle infusion and short extraction. Ageing is in various vessels, including 15% in amphorae and 6% in 20-hectolitre casks. Wonderful blueberry and tobacco notes run through the wine; the finish is correctly assertive and crunchy. Drink 2025-2035.

Our score: 16/20

Berry Bros. & Rudd, April 2022

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Critics reviews

Neal Martin, Vinous89-91/100
Wine Advocate90-92/100
James Suckling90-91/100
Neal Martin, Vinous89-91/100

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) Read more

Wine Advocate90-92/100

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) Read more

James Suckling90-91/100

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) Read more

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Chateau Joanin Becot

Chateau Joanin Becot

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Cotes de Castillon

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.

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