CHÂTEAU JOANIN BÉCOT
2010 Côtes de Castillon
|Grapes||Cab Franc, Merlot|
|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
|Village||Côtes de Castillon|
Always one of the better wines from his surprisingly value-laden appellation, the Joanin-Becot’s 2010 Cotes de Castillon (tipping the scales at 14.5% natural alcohol) has supple, sweet black cherry and blackberry fruit with hints of licorice, underbrush and subtle smoky oak. This round, generous wine, made from 32 hectoliters per hectare, is a final blend of about three-fourths Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc. It can be drunk now or cellared for up to 7-8 years. Rating: 89-89 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Oct 2013)
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A supple, polished, modern style, relying on creamy, mocha-tinged toast, gentle plum and blackberry fruit flavors before finishing with a lingering cocoa edge. Should stretch out nicely with modest cellaring. Drink now through 2018. Rating: 90-90 The Wine Spectator, www.winespectator.com(Oct 2013)
Château Joanin Bécot
A small (4.5 hectare) property when bought by the Bécot family of Beauséjour Bécot in 2001, this has been gradually expanded to 11.5ha. High up (300m) on the Castillon sector to the east of Saint Emilion, near Château d'Aiguilhe, in a sector called Joanon, whence the name, to which the Bécot family added theirs. It is on a soil like the Saint Emilion plateau, chalky clay and calcaire d'asteries, the limestone with fossilized stafish common to the area. It is run like a garden by Juliette Bécot, and the wine treated to the same care and attention as a cru classé. The vinification includes a cooling of the must with dry ice and a period of cold maceration lasting five days, followed by rather a Burgundian style fermentation with pigeage. The wine is aged for between 16 and 18 months in barrel, with 75% new wood. It has always shown well at primeur tastings with bright fruit and well-defined supple juiciness.
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