Beausejour Becot 2018

St Emilion, Premier Grand Cru Classé B

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Tasting Notes

The 2018 Beau-Séjour Bécot is nicely detailed on the nose of pixelated black fruit laced with raspberry and subtle floral scents; back notes of marmalade come through with aeration. The pliant palate is medium-bodied with luscious tannins disguising the structure behind this Saint-Émilion. I suspect that it might close up for a period before blossoming with bottle age. This is a sophisticated and very well-crafted wine that will age with style and panache.

Score: 93

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2024 - 2045 18 August 2021

This estate makes an incredibly classic, elegant Saint-Emilion. The 2018 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot is based on 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon that was brought up in 65% new French oak. Coming from a beautiful terroir on the upper plateau, it reveals a deep purple/ruby color as well as perfumed cassis and mulberry fruits intermixed with ample spring flowers, chalky minerality, violets, and graphite. Medium to full-bodied and nicely concentrated on the palate, it has terrific mid-palate depth, flawless balance, background oak, and polished yet significant tannins. If you want to know what limestone soil gives to a wine, try this! It has the polish and balance to offer pleasure today, yet the cellar will be your friend. This warrants 5-7 years of bottle age and will have 30+ years of prime drinking.

Score: 96

Jeb Dunnuck, Maturity: 2026 - 2056 18 July 2021

The 2018 Beau-Sejour Becot is a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it slips slowly, sensuously from the glass with notes of boysenberries, black raspberries, baked plums and chocolate-covered cherries, plus hints of star anise, dried Provence herbs and lavender. The medium to full-bodied palate offers soft textured, perfumed black fruit layers with just enough freshness and a lifted finish. A little closed and shy at this youthful stage, give it a good 5-6 years in bottle and enjoy it over the next 25 years or more.

Score: 94

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2026 - 2051 11 July 2021

Lots of leaf, mushroom, bark and plum aromas and flavors. It’s medium-to full-bodied with juicy fruit and firm, fine tannins. Tight at the finish. The quality and the polish of the tannins are exceptional. So integrated. Needs three or four years to open. Try after 2024.

Score: 96

James Suckling, Maturity: 2024+ 03 March 2021

Blueberry, blackberry, coffee beans, slate, sage and rosemary are layered up here, opening slowly to show a gunsmoke edge. A success en primeur and has lived up the billing. The first vintage to be entirely overseen by Juliet Bécot. A yield of 50hl/ha. A mix of amphorae, 20hl Stockinger casks and 225l barrels used for the ageing.

Score: 95

Jane Anson, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2026-2044 10 November 2020