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Château Beau-Séjour Bécot

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2018 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 97

Just when I was sure the 2016 Beau-Sejour Becot was the best wine ever produced at the property, along comes the 2018! Deep in color, the wine shows a strong floral and mint accent with dark chocolate, black plums and even darker cherries. This is the highest level of concentration experienced with their wine, but it is also remarkably energetic. There is lift, vibrancy, minerality and multiple platforms of fleshy, opulent, sensual ripe, dark pit fruits. The silky finish coats your mouth with flavor and the essence of pure fruit. This is perfectly balanced between power and sensuality. The wine is a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, aging in a combination of 65% new, French oak with 35% of the wine raised in amphora and used oak casks. The Merlot was harvested from September 12-25 and the Cabernet's was picked between October 4 and October 10. 96-98 Pts

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2017 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Soft, lush, round and polished, the wine has flesh, ripeness, concentration and length. With a strong sensation of underlying minerality, you are also treated to dark chocolate, juicy ripe fruits, sweetness and volume. There is length, depth and a great mouth feel. This is the first vintage with Thomas Duclos as the consultant. It looks like they are on a roll here!

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2016 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 96

Fleshy, sensuous, polished and packed with all the ripe black fruits, licorice, smoke, crushed rock and truffle you could ask for. Full-bodied, silky and rich, with a long, fruit-intensive finish, hold your bottles for a decade and this is going to be star!

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This is the best wine from the Becot family yet! The wine is sexy, fleshy, opulent, polished and packed with all the fresh, ripe, silky, pure red fruits you need. The crushed rock, thyme and floral accents make this even better. Give this beauty 8-10 years in the cellar and you'll have a winner on your hands! This is one of those rare wines that still sell for a fair price, when you consider the extreme high-quality found here.

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Fresh, bright, crisp and stony, the full bodied, richly textured, polished wine is silky, multi-dimensional and offers nuances of crushed rocks, stones and flowers.

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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.

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2015 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 96

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.

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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.

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2014 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

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.

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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

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2013 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

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

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2012 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Polished, elegant, concentrated and silky smooth, with a good concentration of flavor, length and a supple, mineral and plum filled finish.

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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

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2011 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

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

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2010 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

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.

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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

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2009 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 95

Clearly from a sunny vintage, the fruit is ripe, lush and sweet, while retaining its freshness. Secondary nuances of flowers, stone, spice, smoke, licorice and herbs are there from start to finish. The wine is full-bodied, lush and close to fully ready to drink.

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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.

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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.

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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

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2008 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Developing quite nicely, the wine offers freshness, crushed rocks, stones, florality, plums, espresso and thyme. Silky in texture, with a juicy, crisp character to the fruit in the finish, this is already starting to drink quite nicely. The wine was made from blending 70% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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2007 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

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.

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2006 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

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.

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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.

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2005 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

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.

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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.

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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.

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2004 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

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.

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2003 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

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.

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2002 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

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.

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2001 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

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

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2000 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

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.

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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.

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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.

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1999 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Medium-bodied, bright and on the sharp red fruit side, the nose, with its earth, licorice, smoke and kirsch nose is better than on the crisp, red plum palate.

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1998 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

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.

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1995 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

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.

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1990 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

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.

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Fully mature, with a nose of truffle, earth, tobacco, blackberry, thyme and plum, the wine is soft, smooth and ready for prime time drinking.

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1989 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

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.

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1961 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

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.

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