2023 Château Joanin Bécot, Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux

2023 Château Joanin Bécot, Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux

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2023 Château Joanin Bécot, Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux

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Vibrant plum colour, Merlot on clay profile, meaning round, soft and gourmet on the opening, giving a jolt of limestone chalk and pumice stone through the mid palate. Like this enormously, combines crunchy blue and red fruits with richer cocoa bean and liqourice. 25% new oak barrels for ageing, plus 25% one year oak, and the rest split between stainless steel vats and oak casks. Harvest September 25 to October 4.

Drink 2028 - 2040

Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux (April 2024)

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Jane Anson92/100

Vibrant plum colour, Merlot on clay profile, meaning round, soft and gourmet on the opening, giving a jolt of limestone chalk and pumice stone through the mid palate. Like this enormously, combines crunchy blue and red fruits with richer cocoa bean and liqourice. 25% new oak barrels for ageing, plus 25% one year oak, and the rest split between stainless steel vats and oak casks. Harvest September 25 to October 4.

Drink 2028 - 2040

Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux (April 2024)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous90-93/100

The 2023 Joanin-Bécot is one of the best wines I have tasted here. Vibrant and floral, with explosive fruit, Joanin-Bécot has it all. Dark and resonant notes of rose petal, spice and blood orange lift from the glass. There’s terrific density, class and purity. All the elements are so well balanced. Tasted two times.

Drink 2030 - 2043

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (April 2024)

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Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW88-90/100

A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the 2023 Joanin Becot has a pH of 3.6 and is deep garnet-purple in color. It races out with ready-to-go scents of black cherries and juicy blackberries, with suggestions of tobacco and black pepper, plus touches of graphite and bay leaves. The medium-bodied palate is lively and lightly chewy, with just enough black berry flavors and a peppery finish.

Drink 2027 - 2037

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Inpependent (May 2024)

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Jancis Robinson MW15.5/20

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample.

Crimson hue. Fragrant red-fruit notes. Sweet start, lighter, fresher middle then chalky tannins on the finish.

Drink 2027 - 2032

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 2024)

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Wine Advocate91-93/100

The 2023 Joanin Bécot is a solid performance this year, evoking aromas of violet, flowers, dark wild berries and iris, followed by a precise, tense, juicy and savory palate that is fleshier than the 2022 vintage, with velvety tannins and a tense, ethereal and calcareous finish. It's a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.

Drink 2025 - 2040

Yohan Castaing, Wine Advocate (April 2024)

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James Suckling93-94/100

A tangy and juicy red with orange-peel, dark-cherry and currant aromas and flavors. Hints of terra-cotta and salt. Medium to full body with freshness and verve.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (April 2024)

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Decanter91/100

Chalky, ripe black fruit on the nose with blackcurrant, raspberry, cherry and plum on the palate. Quite tense - there’s some linearity to this, direct and quite lean with a salty, liquorice and dark chocolate core. More juicy on the second taste with red fruits - cranberry and red cherry - alongside powdery tannins that fill the mouth. Charming though still straight and a touch lean with licks of wet stone and menthol freshness on the finish. 3.5pH.

Drink 2027 - 2037

Georgina Hindle, Decanter (April 2024)

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Jeb Dunnuck90-92/100

The 2023 Château Joanin Bécot comes from limestone soils in the Castillon region and is mostly Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc. It’s deep ruby/plum-hued and displays a gorgeous limestone character in its black raspberry and redcurrant-like fruits as well as spring flowers, spice, and chalky minerality. Brought up 65% new oak and hitting 14.7% alcohol, it's beautifully ripe, has medium-bodied richness, ripe tannins, and outstanding length. This is a hidden little gem of a wine.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (May 2024)

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About this WINE

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Côtes de Castillon

Côtes 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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Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Merlot and Cabernet Franc are grape varieties commonly used in Bordeaux-style blends, particularly in the Bordeaux region of France. When these two grapes are blended, they can create a wine that combines the best characteristics of each variety.

Merlot is known for its smoothness, soft tannins, and ripe fruit flavours. It often contributes black cherry, plum, and chocolate flavours to the blend. The grapes are relatively easy to grow and ripen earlier than other Bordeaux varieties, making them versatile for blending.

Cabernet Franc, on the other hand, adds structure, depth, and complexity to the blend. It typically brings aromas of red fruits such as raspberry and strawberry, along with herbal notes like bell pepper and tobacco. These grapes have thinner skins and can be more challenging to cultivate, requiring specific growing conditions to reach their full potential.

When Merlot and Cabernet Franc are combined, the result is a well-balanced wine with various flavours and aromas. The blend often exhibits a Bordeaux wine's medium to full body, along with a smooth texture and moderate tannins. The specific flavour profile can vary depending on the proportions of each grape in the blend and the terroir and winemaking techniques employed.

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