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Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot History, Overview
The vineyards of Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot has a long and interesting history in the region. In fact, what we know of as Beau-Sejour Becot today was first cultivated with vines by the ancient Romans more than 2,000 years ago. There are cut stone remnants on their land to prove this.
In more modern times, what we know of as Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot began life as an estate owned by the monks of St. Martin Abbey in Saint Emilion.
The monks managed the Bordeaux vineyards at what later become Chateau Canon as well as the vins used to eventually create Beau-Sejour Becot.
The first part of Beau-Sejour Becot found its name in 1787 with the help from a member of the Carles de Figeac family. Once, General Jacques de Carles, 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. The other half of the property eventually became what we know of as Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot today.
In 1924, Chateau Beau-Sejour became the property of Doctor Jean Fagouet who renamed the property Beau-Sejour Fagouet. That name would not last long. Michel Becot, who was working as an auto parts dealer and his family were well acquainted with the land as they had been living 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. It was 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 we know of now as Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot.
Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot The Modern Era
Gerard Becot took over managing Beau-Sejour Becot in 1970. 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 and appealed the decision of the INAO. It took until the next classification, but Beau-Sejour Becot was once again promoted to Premier Cru Classe status in 1996.
Starting in 1985, the property has been managed by his sons, Gerard Becot and Dominique Becot. It was at this point that the family started making improvements at the property, lowering yields and producing better wine.
The daughter of Gerard Becot, Juliette Becot was later picked to become more involved in running Beau Sejour-Becot, as well as the families other properties in Saint Emilion and Joanin Becot, which is her estate in the Cotes de Castillon appellation.
Things changed again in 2014 when Juliette Becot and Julien Barthe were placed completely in charge of Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot, as well as the families other estates. Michel Rolland, who has been working with the estate since the 1980’s ceased consulting the property in 2018. He was replaced by Thomas Duclos.
Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 20 hectare vineyard of Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot is planted to 73% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. This shows a slight increase in the amount of Cabernet Franc and a decrease in the Merlot planted in their vineyard.
On average the vines are close to 45 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.
Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot is located on the limestone plateau of Saint Emilion with a terroir of clay that has deep, limestone soils. Below the surface there is an endless array of limestone tunnels and quarries, that really explain what makes the wine of Beau-Sejour Becot so special.
The vineyard increased in size in 2012. The increase in size was due to the inclusion of the vines previously used by their other Saint Emilion estate, La Gomerie.
The best vintages of Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot are: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2001, 2000, 1998 and 1990.
To produce the wine of Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot, 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 no longer used.
Malolactic fermentation takes place for most of the wine in barrel with the first four months of the aging spent on its post-malolacitc lees. The remainder of the wine go through malolactic-fermentation in tank.
Between 20%-40% of the wine is whole cluster fermented. The fruit that is vinified with the stems is whole berry fermented. The wine of Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot is aged in 75% new French oak barrels for between 18 to 20 months before bottling.
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.
The family also produces a generic, AOC Bordeaux wine for early, drinking pleasure, made from vines outside of the Saint Emilion appellation, “Instant Becot”.
When to Drink Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot is much better with at least 10-15 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours, or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.
Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 10-30 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot with Wine, Food and Pairing Tips
Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.
Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot is a great style of Saint Emilion combing richness, soft textures and minerality. 2005, 2009, 2010, 2015 and 2016 are clearly the finest vintages yet produced by Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot.
Château Beau-Séjour Bécot Wine Tasting Notes
22 Vintages 137816 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2016||Château Beau-Séjour Bécot (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Fresh, silky, ripe, soft and pure, there is a lovely stone, floral and dark berry quality with length and polished textures. The wine was made from 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, reaching 14.5% alcohol with no touch of heat and freshness galore.
1296 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Beau-Séjour Bécot (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Clearly the best ever produced at Beau-Sejour Becot. You know it from the moment you place your nose in the wealth of flowers, licorice, smoke, black and red plums, dark cherry, espresso, and forest aromatics. Once the wine hits your palate, the wine really takes off with its sensuous textures, silky tannins and long, concentrated layer of perfectly ripe, sweet, fresh fruits. As the wine remains on your palate, the flavors expand and the sensation of crushed stone makes its presence known as well.
1110 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2018
Spice, licorice, smoke, flowers and fresh plums create the nose. On the palate, the wine is a long, deep, silky, sexy and sensuous, French kiss. There is an alluring finesse in the tannins and a strong sense of purity in the fruit that is seldom seen. There is no sensation of heat in the wine, even though the alcohol is the highest ever recorded at the estate. This wine was made from a blend of 80% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, reaching 15% alcohol with a pH of 3.6 and aging in 70% new, French oak barrels. The harvest took place from October 2 to October 15. There might not be a second wine produced this year as the Becot family is very happy with the harvest and the small amount of wine designated for the second wine is probably too small to bottle separately.
2551 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2014||Château Beau-Séjour Bécot (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Round, soft, silky tannins, ripe, fresh, sweet, cherries, smoke, licorice and espresso on the nose, a fresh, mineral driven, red berry finish, create a delicious, age worthy treat. The wine was produced from a blend of 87% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc.
2663 Views Tasted Feb 5, 2017
Earthy, truffle, black cherry and licorice scents are found on the nose. On the palate this wine serves up a luxurious, plumy, cocoa and mineral-filled finish. 91-93 Pts
1869 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2015
|2013||Château Beau-Séjour Bécot (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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
3832 Views Tasted Apr 28, 2014
|2012||Château Beau-Séjour Bécot (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Polished, elegant, concentrated and silky smooth, with a good concentration of flavor, length and a supple, mineral and plum filled finish.
4359 Views Tasted Mar 11, 2015
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
4794 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Château Beau-Séjour Bécot (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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
2444 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2012
|2010||Château Beau-Séjour Bécot (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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.
4257 Views Tasted May 7, 2013
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
3664 Views Tasted Apr 22, 2011
|2009||Château Beau-Séjour Bécot (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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.
4855 Views Tasted Dec 18, 2013
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.
5834 Views Tasted Feb 10, 2012
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
4889 Views Tasted Jun 28, 2010
|2008||Château Beau-Séjour Bécot (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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.
7342 Views Tasted Feb 17, 2012
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
4933 Views Tasted Jan 25, 2011
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
5022 Views Tasted Jul 18, 2010
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
5115 Views Tasted Aug 1, 2009
|2007||Château Beau-Séjour Bécot (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Ready to drink, the wine is medium bodied, and leaning to the brighter, red fruit range, but not quite, with its dark cherry and plummy fruits. Soft, elegant and fresh, with tobacco, earth and floral nuances, this is drinking at close to peak today.
1976 Views Tasted Aug 26, 2017
|2006||Château Beau-Séjour Bécot (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Showing maturity in color, the tobacco, earth, truffle and plum aromatics are ready to shine. Medium bodied, silky, soft and mineral driven, this is just starting to drink in its sweet spot, where it should remain for years.
1940 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
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.
3612 Views Tasted Oct 8, 2011
|2005||Château Beau-Séjour Bécot (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
From a blend 70% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is showing better than ever. Lush, sexy textures, crushed stone, sweet, fresh, vibrant black cherry, licorice and cocoa on the nose, a long, fresh, silky finish are what you find in this beauty.
4117 Views Tasted Jun 27, 2015
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.
8424 Views Tasted Jul 12, 2011
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.
8756 Views Tasted Jan 20, 2008
|2004||Château Beau-Séjour Bécot (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium bodied, soft, elegant and fresh, the plummy, cherry, licorice and earthy, mineral driven wine delivers a lot of pleasure today. The wine was made from a blend of 70% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon.
2963 Views Tasted Nov 30, 2014
|2003||Château Beau-Séjour Bécot (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Soft, supple, forward and ready to go, with its sweet, red and dark berries, smoke, licorice and forest floor personality. Lush and polished in texture, the wine has charm, complexity and character.
2977 Views Tasted Jul 2, 2015
|2002||Château Beau-Séjour Bécot (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Not without charm, but the wine is better on the nose, with its earthy, herbal, tobacco and red plum notes, than on the palate, which leans to the austere side.
1207 Views Tasted Dec 21, 2017
|2001||Château Beau-Séjour Bécot (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Soft, round and luscious in texture, this truffle, black cherry, stone and licorice infused wine is drinking great today.
5320 Views Tasted Nov 27, 2012
|2000||Château Beau-Séjour Bécot (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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.
3085 Views Tasted Jan 29, 2013
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.
3971 Views Tasted Feb 4, 2012
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.
5594 Views Tasted Jan 15, 2009
|1998||Château Beau-Séjour Bécot (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Fully mature, the gorgeous nose with its focus on truffles, flowers, earthy cherries and tobacco get the wine going. At this stage, there is the patina of age which shows silky textures, and an elegant, earthy, dark cherry and licorice tinged finish.
2486 Views Tasted Aug 23, 2017
|1995||Château Beau-Séjour Bécot (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Fully mature, this is one of the better wines from this often, stern vintage. The tannins are soft and polished. The fruit is fresh, ripe, clean and pure. The nose offers up a distinctive, thyme, espresso, truffle, mocha covered, black cherry and plum personality. The silky texture and ripe, red fruits taste as nice as it feels. You can drink this now, or age it for further development.
1471 Views Tasted Nov 18, 2017
|1990||Château Beau-Séjour Bécot (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Fully mature, with the color and texture that comes with the patina of age. Spicy, earthy, tobacco and cherry notes, with a hint of flowers come out first. From there you find, elegant textures and a soft, polished, sweet cherry finish. There is no reason to hold this bottle any longer.
1620 Views Tasted Jun 18, 2017
Fully mature, with a nose of truffle, earth, tobacco, blackberry, thyme and plum, the wine is soft, smooth and ready for prime time drinking.
2433 Views Tasted May 13, 2015
|1989||Château Beau-Séjour Bécot (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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.
3521 Views Tasted Jun 18, 2009
|1961||Château Beau-Séjour Bécot (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Tasting much younger than it's 53 years of age suggests, this charmer was round, polished and complex, with a tobacco, truffle, smoke, earth and sweet, ripe, black cherry and plummy filled personality. What a treat and thrill to taste.
1514 Views Tasted Oct 6, 2014