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Chateau Joanin Becot Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Joanin Becot was purchased by the Becot family in 2001 in February 2001. According to Juliette Becot, they chose this Bordeaux wine property because of the unique terroir. Joanin Becot is located at some some of the highest elevations along the Gironde. Their Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux wine vineyard is named for the terroir. In fact, Joanin is situated on a “lieu-dit” called Joanin. Shortly after purchasing the estate, the family added their name to the property as well.

In 2001 at the time of the purchase, Joanin Becot was 5.40 hectares. With additional purchases, they increased the size of their Bordeaux wine vineyards to 12 hectares. The vines are planted to 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc on clay and limestone soils.

In 2002 at Joanin Becot they installed new cellars for the vinification. This fermentaion takes place up stairs The cellars for the barrel aging are on the lower level which allows the wine to move by gravity. The family ordered custom made tanks for their Right Bank estate. These appear like like large pans. This allows for extensive manual cap punching at this Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux wine property.

Yields are kept low at Chateau Joanin Becot with an average of 30 hectoliters per hectare, due to green harvesting and selection in the cellar. Harvesting is by hand. Using carbonic ice, they make a cold pre-fermentation maceration for 4 days before alcoholic fermentation starts. During this time the juice is pumped over twice a day to extract color and tannins. To break the cap, they perform manual cap-punchings and delestages. The wine of Chateau Joanin Becot is vinified in temperature controlled, stainless vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. When the alcoholic fermentation is finished, the wine is runoff by gravity into 65% new, French oak barrels for an average of 15 months. The wine making is consulted by Michel Rolland. This is obviously a very labor intensive project for any winery and more labor intensive than many other wines in Cotes de Castillon. But the quality of the wine found in Joanin Becot is where those efforts pay off.

Juliette Becot, the owner and wine maker of Joanin Becot says, her philosophy is to consider her Cotes de Castillon vineyard like a beautiful garden which takes work during the summer.  She treats her grapes carefully, just like refined roses. 

Starting with the 2010 Bordeaux vintage, Joanin Becot will sport a new label to accompany the famous pink capsule.

Stylistically, Joanin Becot offers ample charm, freshness, ripe flavors and soft textures.  It drinks well young and is fairly priced for a Bordeaux wine of its quality.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Joanin Bécot

    1. Floral and black raspberry and coffee bean nose, medium bodied with an open easy to drink, soft and sweet personality. From yields of 25 hectoliters per hectare, the wine was produced from a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The wine reached 13% alcohol and is aging in 50% new oak. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 Château Joanin Bécot

    1. Soft and ripe with licorice and black raspberry, this delicious and round wine will drink on release. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  3. 2011 Château Joanin Bécot

    1. Blending 70% Merlot with 30% Cabernet Franc and grown in clay and deep limestone soils, the wine opens with licorice, earth, jam and blackberry. Sweet, ripe, round and soft-textured, the wine ends with ripe, fresh black cherry and chocolate. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 Château Joanin Bécot

    1. Oak, earth, licorice and jammy fruits with an open personality that should offer pleasure with a year or so of bottle age.

      89 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Château Joanin Bécot

    1. Flashy, fleshy and fun, this deep colored wine is packed with black licorice, espresso bean, plum liqueur, black cherry and smoke. Rich in texture, full bodied and concentrated with loads of juicy, ripe, black fruit and soft tannins, this blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc will drink well young and age for at least a decade. This is my favorite vintage from Juliette Becot and Joanin Becot yet!

      92 points - Tasted
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  6. 2008 Château Joanin Bécot

    1. 2008 Joanin Becot is stuffed with blackberry, oak, spice, smoke and licorice aromatics. Soft, round and already approachable, this black cherry tinged wine should drink well young. 91 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. 08 Joanin Becot (Cotes de Castillon) is deep ruby, fermented with carbonic ice for the first time to help extract more aromatic freshness in the color. Dark raspberry, licorice, and truffle run throughout the nose. The wine finishes with chocolate and blue and black fruits. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  7. 2006 Château Joanin Bécot

    1. Coffee, black cherry, truffle and smoke in the nose. On the palate, the wine offers ripe and over ripe plums, cocoa and black cherry with lush textures. This is drinking perfectly today.

      90 points - Tasted
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  8. 2005 Château Joanin Bécot

    1. The up front licorice, chocalte and black cherry has morphed into more secondary flavors and aromatics. I'd opt for drinking this easy to like charming wine sooner than later as it's starting to drop its fruit and is not quite as good as it was a year or two ago.

      89 points - Tasted
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    2. This opulent, showy wine is filled with licorce covered black raspberries, chocolate, vanilla and jammy scents. Soft, ripe and already open, this sexy little treat will compare well in a blind tasting with much more expensive St. Emilion wines.

      91 points - Tasted
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  9. 2003 Château Joanin Bécot

    1. Earth, licorice, cassis, spices, black fruit and forest floor aromas. Good concentration. Nice palate presence, but the finish is not long or complex. Fully mature, this will not improve. I imagine it will remain at this level for a few more years before continuing to decline.

      90 points - Tasted
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