|Saint Emilion & Satellites
|1er Grand Cru Classé
Very much in the usual style here - slightly rougher tannins than recent vintages and not as glossy, but still dark and soft and ripe plummy black fruit and a coolly relaxed style. Unforced. Blackberry pie. Rating: 92 L&S (Apr 2012)
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Cola, plums and duck sauce on a rich nose. Good fruit showing vineyard earthiness and good structure. Drinking range: 2015 - 2023 Rating: 87 Decanter Magazine (Oct 2014)
A typical example of Beau-Sejour Becot (a 40-acre vineyard on top of St.-Emilion’s limestone plateau), yields were 37 hectoliters per hectare and the wine is relatively powerful for a 2011 (14.5% alcohol). The final blend was 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. This modern-styled effort exhibits copious aromas of toasty oak, espresso roast, melted chocolate, black currants and cherries. The nearly exotic, somewhat flamboyant and elegant St.-Emilion is not a big bruiser, but rather possesses plenty of finesse and freshness because of its acid levels. It should drink well for two decades. 2012 - 2032 Rating: 90-92 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2012)
The Beauséjour Becot has a ripe, fruitcake scented bouquet that is clean and delineated although for me, just slightly over-extracted. The palate is sweet and ripe on the entry with chewy tannins, good acidity and substance, the finish a little attenuated but well balanced. Fine. It may evolve more finesse throughout its maturation. Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Apr 2012)
Château Beau-Séjour 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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