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Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot St. Emilion, Premier Grand Cru Classe B, 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

This historic vineyards of Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot has a long and interesting history.  Beau-Sejour Becot began life as an estate owned by the monks of St. Martin Abbey in St. Emilion. The monks managed the Bordeaux vineyards at what later become Chateau Canon. They also watched over the vines that were used to eventually create Beau-Sejour Becot.

Beau-Sejour Becot found its name in 1787 with the help and idea of a member from the Figeac familiy. General Jacques de Carles, who was part of the Figeac family said the estate should be called Beau-Sejour. The name stuck. Skipping ahead over 100 years, Pierre-Paulin Ducarpe split the Beau-Sejour vineyards between his two children, giving the chateau, plus other structures along with half his vineyards to his daughter. After she married, she took her husband’s name, Duffau-Lagarosse. That marriage gave birth to what we now know of as Chateau Beausejour-Duffau-Lagarosse.

In 1924, Chateau Beau-Sejour became the property of Doctor Jean Fagouet who renamed the property Beau-Sejour Jean Fagouet. That name would not last long. Michel Becot, who was working as an auto parts dealer and his family lived in St. Emilion since 1760. They owned the Chateau La Carte vineyard since 1929. At the time, Chateau La Carte was quite small with only 4.45 hectares of vines. Michel Becot increased the size of the estate with the purchase of 9 hectares of vines from the Beau-Sejour Fagouet vineyard. At that time, they renamed the estate, Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot. Ten years later, the Becot family purchased the 4.5 hectare parcel of Trois Moulins, located next to what was now Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot.

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At this point, things should have been easy for the Becot family. But they weren’t. In 1979, they decided to merge their vineyards, placing all their grapes into Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot. However, they did this without the approval of the INAO, which was a violation of the St. Emilion classification rules. For that transgression, Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot was demoted from their Premier Cru Classe classified status in 1986. To remedy the situation, they hired their longtime friend, Michel Rolland as their consultant and appealed the decision of the INAO. Beau-Sejour Becot was again promoted to Premier Cru Classe status in 1996.

Starting in 1985, the property was been managed by his sons, Gérard and Dominique Becot. Gerard’s daughter, Juliette Becot was later was picked to become more involved in running Beau Sejour-Becot, as well as the families other properties in St. Emilion and Cotes de Castillon. Things changed again in 2014 when Juliette Becot and Julien Barthe were placed completely in charge of Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot, and the families other estates.

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Juliette Becot

The 22.5 hectare vineyard of Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot, located on the limestone plateau of St. Emilion has a terroir of clay with limestone soils. The vineyard of Beau-Sejour Becot grew in size in 2012. The increase in size was due to the inclusion of the vines previously used by their other St. Emilion estate, La Gomerie. The Beau-Sejour Becot vineyard is planted to 73% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. On average the vines are close to 37 years of age. But they have old vines as well. In fact, some of their oldest Merlot vines date back 70 years The Right Bank vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,200 vines per hectare.

To vinify the wine of Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot, the grapes are table sorted three times. A portion of the grapes are whole berry fermented. Vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks ranging in size from 80 to 100 hectoliters following a 4 day cold maceration. Microbullage is performed during fermentation. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel with the first four months spent on the post-malo lees. The wine of Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot is aged in 75% new French oak that comes from five different coopers. The wine is aged in barrel for between 18 to 20 months. Michel Rolland is the consultant.

The property produces close to 6,000 cases of Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot each year. There is a second wine, Tournelle de Beau-Sejour Becot, which was renamed in 2012 to Petit Becot by Beau-Sejour. This is a great style of St. Emilion combing richness, soft textures and minerality. 2005 and 2009 are the finest vintages yet produced by Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot

    1. Deep ruby in color with a nose of licorice, espresso, clay and black raspberry, the wine is medium bodied with an accessible, soft personality. The wine is fresh, spicy and finishes with sweet black cherries. From a blend 73% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reached 14% alcohol, and yields were 27 hectoliters per hectare. 90-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot

    1. This is the first vintage using the new cellar with the inverted stainless steel vats for vinification. The wine is filled with the essence of minerals, licorice and juicy plums with fresh blackberries, vanilla and fennel in the finish. Using 75 % Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reached 14% alcohol. 90-93 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
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  3. 2011 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot

    1. 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon create the blend. The wine will be aged in 70% new oak. With deep color, truffle, floral, black raspberry, cherry blossom, licorice and vanilla, this round-textured wine ends with plush, polished and silky boysenberry, black cherry and stone. 40% of the wine is now being whole-berry fermented in 600% hectoliter barrels, which, according to Juliette Becot, adds richness and more opulent textures to the wine. 92-93 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot

    1. With deep color, the wine offers silky, polished textures, sweet dark berries, licorice, crushed stone and ripe tannins. On the palate, the rich wine ends with layers of plush, ripe, generous fruits, that will only get better with time.

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. Beau-Sejour Becot From an assemblage of 70% Merlot 25% Cabernet Franc with the remainder split evenly between Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, this lovely wine opens with a perfume of crushed stone, licorice, jammy black plums and floral scents. Soft and opulently textured, this fresh, sweet, ripe St. Emilion wine ends with a mouthful of anise, minerality, red and black fruits. 92-94 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot

    1. Close to fully mature, with a sensuous style coupled with juicy ripe plums, cocoa powder, tobacco, stone and truffle notes that ends with a plummy, spice filled, sweet finish.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. 70 % Merlot along with 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon created a wine with intense floral, boysenberry, stone and licorice aromas that give way to a soft, low acid, sensuous, perfumed St. Emilion. This ends with plush, silky, fennel, chocolate and cherry.

      94 points - Tasted
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    3. 2009 Beau-Sejour Becot is a deeply colored wine filled with the aromas of minerals, ripe blackberries, licorice, and chocolate. This full bodied, opulent, round textured, ripe wine has a long, chocolate covered black cherry finish with hints of licorice. 92-94 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
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  6. 2008 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot

    1. Coffee bean, cassis, blackberry and vanilla scents make up the perfume. Soft and round in texture, there is a lightly dusty sensation to the tannins. The wine ends with mineral, chocolate and black cherries.

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. This wine opens with oak, stone, caramel, plum and black cherry aromas. It's full bodied, concentrated and elegant in texture with a finish that is filled with layers of sweet, fresh, black and red fruits. 92 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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    3. 2008 Beau-Sejour Becot starts with spice filled aromatics complicated with licorice, blackberry, oak, and earthy scents. Plush and full bodied, the wine ends with a mouthful of deep, fresh blackberry. 93 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
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    4. 08 Château Beau-Sejour Becot shows a lot of black cherry, minerals, and plum on the nose. Full bodied, structured, and stuffed with ripe fruit, the wine offers a long, black fruit filled finish. 91-94 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
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  7. 2006 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot

    1. From an assemblage of 70% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, this deep colored St. Emilion offers an enticing nose of fennel, stone, espresso, black plums, flowers and spice. With round textures and a good depth of flavor, this vintage of Beau-Sejour Becot is developing better than expected. Give it another 5 more years of bottle age, to allow it to add more complexity and softer textures.

      92 points - Tasted
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  8. 2005 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot

    1. Still young and needing coaxing to bring out the stone, blackberry liqueur, truffle and sweet oak notes, this full bodied, deep, refined wine ends with fresh blackberry, cherry and minerality essences. Another 5 years will add a lot of complexity and depth to this wine. When matrue, this should gain a Pt or two in the ratings. 2005 remains my favorite vintage of Beau-Sejour Becot.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. Balance, ripeness, richness and a very sexy palate feel with good structure make this a wonderful wine. This will age longer than most vintages of Beau-Sejour Becot.

      93 points - Tasted
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  9. 2001 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot

    1. Soft, round and luscious in texture, this truffle, black cherry, stone and licorice infused wine is drinking great today.

      91 points - Tasted
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  10. 2000 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot

    1. At just past 10 years of bottle age, this is starting to open nicely, with a nose packed with earth, truffle, crushed stone, juicy plums and tobacco. Refined, elegant and soft, the finish leaves you with a rich sensation of pure, ripe blackberries.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. With a nose filled with truffles, minerals, plums and smoke, this soft, round textured, elegant, St. Emilion wine is open and enjoyable to drink today. The wine ends with fresh, sweet, jammy blackberries, earth and dark cherry notes. The wine has improved since I last tasted it about 3 years ago.

      93 points - Tasted
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    3. Already showing a bit of lightness around the edges, this black fruit, earth, mineral and truffle perfumed wine improved a lot in the glass. Full bodied with soft textures, this is starting to display all its ample charms.

      91 points - Tasted
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  11. 1989 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot

    1. Kicked off with a spicy nose filled with blackberry, truffle and cherry. This medium bodied wine is fully mature. The ‘89 lacks the same level of depth and ripeness found in current vintages.

      89 points - Tasted
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