2009 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Saint Emilion
Classification 1er Grand Cru Classé
ABV 13%

My favorite Beau-Sejour-Becot to date, this sumptuous, dense blue/purple-hued 2009 reveals a blockbuster nose of blueberry pie, black fruits, licorice, forest floor, spring flowers and a hint of mocha. A blend of 70% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon made from tiny yields of 27 hectoliters per hectare, this big, inky, powerful, tannic wine is sensationally concentrated. With an unctuous texture, full-bodied power and tremendous levels of tannin (largely concealed behind a cascade of rich fruit), this is a fabulous effort from a beautifully situated St.-Emilion premier grand cru classe. It will need 5-8 years of cellaring, and should keep for three decades. Drinking range: 2017 - 2047 Rating: 94+ Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, (Dec 2016)

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The Beau-Sejour-Becot 2009 is ripe and very poised on the nose with redcurrant, truffle, crushed stone and a touch of cassis – developing gorgeous floral notes with time. The palate is medium-bodied with a rounded entry. It has a fine saline entry, touch of brine, primal and powerful towards the white pepper-tinged finish. There is some fine Cabernet Franc in here – a great little Saint Emilion that punches above its weight. Tasted December 2012. Rating: 95-95 Neal Martin, 2013)

This has rather a bold style on the nose here, with some slightly meaty oak tinged fruit. Lots of supple texture here, grippy tannins, rich and broad. The structure is in fact quite massive, although there is a bright layer of fruit above. Great substance here too. The style seems firm but harmonious with the necessary fruit included within the composition of the wine. Should be very good indeed, although in a very expansive style. Rating: 17-18+ Chris Kissack, 2010)

Rich, dark fruits on the nose, with a hint of smoked meat. Very thick and sweet and Napa Valley-like. Super-sweet. Perhaps difficult to match with food but it has been well made. Thick and drying and hard work. Very drying finish. Tarry. 2015-2027 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2010)

Has all the characteristics expected of this consistent cru - deep colour, generous fruit, seductive aroma and firm but refined tannic frame. Drink 2016-2035. Rating: ****18 2010)

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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