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2014 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

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

The 2014 Beau-Séjour Bécot has a concentrated nose of blackberry, raspberry and briary, the oak nicely integrated though it clearly needs time to open. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, caressing and silky smooth in the mouth with quality new oak. This feels very harmonious with a lightly spiced, cedar-tinged finish that lingers in the mouth. What an outstanding performance. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2022 - 2044 Rating: 94 Neal Martin, (Mar 2018)

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The 2014 Beau-Séjour Bécot is an attractive, open-knit Saint-Émilion that will drink well with minimal cellaring. Dark and powerful, with well-judged extraction, the 2014 possesses striking balance. Mocha, spice, torrefaction and new leather meld around the expressive, inviting finish. There is a lot to like. Drinking range: 2019 - 2034 Rating: 92 Antonio Galloni, 2017)

The 2014 Beau-Séjour Bécot emphasizes silkiness and finesse while conveying an overall impression of understated grace. Nuanced and super-expressive on the palate, the 2014 should offer a long drinking window of pure pleasure. Attractive scents of iron, smoke, herbs and tobacco add nuance on the close Rating: 90-93 Antonio Galloni, 2015)

The Château Beausejour Bécot 2014 , which absorbed the La Gomerie vineyard in 2012 (I wondered where it had gone...) is a blend of 87% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc picked between 3 and 16 October at 28hl/ha. Raised in 60% new oak, it has a very pure, black cherry and iodine-scented bouquet that is well defined with fine mineralité. The palate is silky smooth with layers of new oak that are deftly interwoven into the creamy black fruit. Perhaps I would like to see more terroir coming through, but it does have an irresistible texture, the way it just glides across the mouth. This is one of Saint Emilion's most sensual offerings. Drinking range: 2018 - 2032 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, 2015)

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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