2013 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

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

Has B-B's usual deep dark glossy purple-edged look. Harmonious black fruit nose. Rich fruit on palate is warm and smooth, but dryer than recent years, tightening on the finish, but it's all complete and whole, a big velvet mouthful. Rating: 90+ L&S (Apr 2014)

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A strong effort from this Premiere Grand Cru Classe in St.-Emilion, the 2013 final blend of 80% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon hit 13.5% natural alcohol. The wine was made from grapes harvested October 7-18. About 5,500 cases were produced, which is far less than usual, but what’s there is impressive in this tough year. Dense, plum/purple in color, with a serious bouquet of graphite, black currants, kirsch, licorice and toasty oak, it is well-endowed, medium-bodied, and moving toward a fuller tactile impact and more texture than most wines. This has a long, supple finish and should be drinkable at a relatively early age. Look for this wine to come into its own in another several years and last for 12-15. 2014-2029 Rating: 91-93 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, (Aug 2014)

Dark ruby. Deep aromas of small dark berries, cedar, ink and graphite. Rich and dense, showing an almost unctuous quality to the plum, blackberry and floral flavors, a real rarity in 2013 wines. Finishes with youthfully chewy but ripe tannins. This wine has well above average density and is a real success for the vintage. Rating: 88-91 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website (May 2014)

Fresh on the nose the palate has a mix of red and black fruits with the red dominating. The mid palate is tight the tannins very firm tending to shorten the finish. 2017-27. Rating: 85-87 Derek Smedley MW, (May 2014)

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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