Château Beau-Séjour Bécot 2016
• Domaine: Château Beau-Séjour Bécot
• Appellation: Saint-Emilion
• Classification: Premier Grand Cru Classé
• Origin: Right Bank, Bordeaux, France
• Importer: Laguna Cellar
Château Beau-Séjour Bécot is a fantastic example of a fleshy, hedonistic, and powerful expression of Saint-Émilion terroir. Château Beau-Séjour Bécot is owned by the Becot family who has overseen the trajectory of this property for many a generation. This esteemed producer is now a Saint-Émilion Grand Crus Classés Class B estate and shares this title with exalted properties like Château Valandraud. But the road to success wasn’t always smooth sailing for this impeccable property. Château Beau-Séjour Bécot did lose its classification in 1986 because of a family decision to merge the vineyards with other holdings. But the Becot family are vignerons, and a determined group of individuals. They hired the incredibly gifted oenologist and consultant Michel Rolland to help them attain their classification once more. Within ten years’ time, the property’s classification was restored – a triumph.
Château Beau-Séjour Bécot boasts a long and interesting history in the Right Bank. Vines on the grounds were first cultivated by the ancient Romans who recognized the promise of its terroir over 2,000 years ago. If one is fortunate enough to visit the grounds of this property, they will find stone ruins scattered amongst the vines to prove this. Subsequently, the property then was owned by the Monks of the Saint Martin Abbey in Saint-Émilion, who tended diligently to the vines and the vines of Château Canon as well. In 1787, with the help of Carles de Figeac, Jacques de Carles named this property Château Beau-Séjour, which meant something along the lines of, “beautiful resting place.”
The property changed hands many times until the Becot family took over the property and managed it for many generations. In 1979, the family made the decision to merge their vineyards which led to the demotion of the property. Château Beau-Séjour Bécot was still producing excellent wines in spite of this violation, and Michel Rolland vouched for the estate’s legitimacy to the Saint-Émilion Grand Cru. Despite the support, the Becot family would have to wait until the Classification was re-evaluated ten years later. In that period, they worked tirelessly and made many upgrades to the viticultural process including harvesting at peak ripeness, lowering yields, using New Oak, and other practices to create a richly concentrated and hedonistic wine. Robert Parker was known to have sung many praises for this estate’s wines, and eventually when the reevaluation took place Château Beau-Séjour Bécot was promoted without question. The property received the high honor among the top estates in Saint-Émilion.
The terroir here is home to the traditional limestone that is associated with the appellation, and there are plenty of labyrinthian tunnels and quarries that run beneath the estate. The vines at Château Beau-Séjour Bécot are a bit older and are typically 45 years old. Merlot is clearly the star of the show in this wine, and it is interspersed with the lively varietal Cabernet Franc for added dimension and complexity. The wine does require 10-15 years in bottle prior to being enjoyed, and they are very much worth the wait.
"The 2016 Beau-Sejour-Becot is a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon cropped at 40 hectoliters per hectare, picked between 3-20 October. It has a very pure and precise bouquet, pure with joyful black cherries, blackcurrants, cedar and incense that is beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very well balanced, sensual and lively with a gentle, caressing finish of cedar and tobacco. There is good structure here, a Saint Emilion that should age with style. This continues the upswing of Beau-Sejour-Becot." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (4/27/2016, Issue 224), Ratings: 93-95, Drink: 2022-2045
"'Showing spectacularly well on the two occasions I was able to taste it, the 2016 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot is a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 16 months in 90% new oak, and hitting a healthy 14.5% natural alcohol. This straight-up classy, seamless, ultra-fine Saint Emilion offers a beautiful bouquet of red currants, white truffles, spice, and flowers. With brilliant limestone character, fabulous intensity on both the nose and palate, ultra-fine tannins, and a magical texture, it’s approachable today yet has another 20+ years of prime drinking." - Jeb Dunnuck, Jebdunnuck.com, Rating: 95, Maturity: 2019-2039
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