2006 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Saint Emilion
Classification 1er Grand Cru Classé

Starts fresher and fruitier than one might expect, then the oak kicks in and the mid-palate is very smoky, with coffee and mocha in the finish. Rating: 88-88 L&S (Apr 2007)

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(70% merlot, 24% cabernet franc and 6% cabernet sauvignon) Bright ruby-red. Blackberry, espresso and licorice aromas. Juicy and tightly wound, with excellent thrust and firm mineral spine to the intense dark fruit and licorice flavors. Firmly structured wine, finishing with a serious tannic spine and very good grip and length. The cuvaison lasted 42 days, and 80% of the wine went through its malolactic fermentation in new barrels. Rating: 89-91 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May 2007)

Medium body, with berry and coffee character, good tannins and a medium finish. Slightly hollow. Could get better in bottle. Rating: 85-88 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (May 2007)

While the 2006 does not measure up to the magnificent 2005, it is an outstanding effort offering aromas of sweet black cherries intermixed with pain grille, licorice, and smoke. Ripe, with excellent texture, medium to full body, and surprisingly silky tannin, it can be enjoyed over the next 12-14 years. Drink 2007 2021. Rating: 90-92 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, (May 2007)

A very attractive, floral, ripe nose of cherries, blueberry and violets. Very harmonious. Full-bodied, good, not excessive extraction with excellent balance, this has real feminine charm, quite succulent and supple, with blueberry, cassis and raspberry. Harmonious and much more cohesive than recent vintages, this is the best Bécot for a long time. Superb. Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, (May 2007)

Good colour. Tight, firm structure and length. Attractive red fruit. Minerality of the terroir shows. 2015-25. Rating: **** (Apr 2007)

Mid to dark crimson with a slightly grey hue. Black fruits on the nose with a hint of woodsmoke. Sweet palate entry and nice freshness. Quite opulent start and then admirable rigour and appetising zip, which almost distracts from the slightly dry tannin quality. Definitely superior within this appellation. Just a little bit of a fade on the finish. 2014-20 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - (Apr 2007)

Château Beauséjour Bécot

Château Beau Séjour Bécot sits on the slopes above Château Angelus, half a mile west of the town of St Emilion. It was once part of a larger Château Beauséjour estate which was owned by the de Carle family who owned Château Figeac. After a couple of changes of ownership, the estate was divided in 1869 between the children of Pierre-Paulin Ducarpe - his daughter's share became Château Beauséjour-Duffau-Lagarosse, whilst his son's, eventually, became Château Beau Séjour Bécot. The Bécot part of the name only became attached in 1969 when Michel Bécot bought the estate, and the Bécot family own it to this day. The controversial addition to Beau Séjour Bécot of some other vineyards owned by the Bécot family, an addition which nearly doubled the size of the estate, led to its demotion from Premier Grand Cru Classé status to "only" Grand Cru Classé status in 1979. Relentless work to prove that the new larger estate was as good, if not better, than before paid off in 1996 when Château Beau Séjour Bécot was re-elevated to Premier Grand Cru Classé status. The vineyards are a fairly typical mix of 70% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Franc with a small quantity of Cabernet Sauvignon. Maturation is in mostly new oak.

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