Château Beau-Séjour Bécot 2022
"The 2022 is one of the very finest editions of Beau-Séjour Bécot I can remember tasting." - Vinous, 98-100 pts
"With the 2022 Beau-Séjour Bécot, this estate has taken another step up the ranks in Saint-Émilion, producing a wine of breathtaking perfume and harmony that will be worth a special effort to seek out." - The Wine Advocate, 96-98 pts
With a rich history dating back to the Gallo-Roman period, Château Beau-Séjour has been an emblem of winemaking excellence for centuries. In 1787, General Jacques de Carles, deeply moved by the serenity and beauty of the estate, bestowed upon it the name Beau-Séjour (meaning "lovely stay"), immortalizing the joyous moments he experienced while staying there.
In 1969, Michel Bécot became the proud owner of Château Beau-Séjour, embarking on a journey to enhance and expand the estate. Through the acquisition of neighboring vineyard plots boasting the same exceptional terroir, Michel extended the vineyard to 18.50 hectares. Additionally, he transformed seven hectares of subterranean limestone quarries into an underground cellar, providing an ideal environment for tens of thousands of bottles to mature gracefully. Michel's dedication to improving and embellishing the estate continued until his retirement in 1985.
Following in their father's footsteps, Michel's sons, Gérard and Dominique, have seamlessly carried on the legacy of Château Beau-Séjour. They have introduced numerous technological advancements to both the cellars and the vineyard, ensuring that only the ripest and healthiest grapes are carefully harvested and meticulously sorted, one by one. Their unwavering commitment to quality has propelled the estate to new heights.
In 2001, Gérard's daughter, Juliette, and her husband, Julien, joined the family estate, bringing their passion and expertise to promote the wines of Château Beau-Séjour.
Today, Château Beau-Séjour stands as a testament to the dedication and innovation of generations past and present. The estate's commitment to crafting exceptional quality wines and their reverence for the land, and meticulous winemaking techniques continue to earn them accolades and admiration from wine enthusiasts worldwide.
Immerse yourself in the captivating journey of Château Beau-Séjour, where a profound respect for tradition merges harmoniously with technological advancements. Explore the exquisite wines embodying this historic estate's essence and experience the passion and craftsmanship woven into every bottle since ancient times.
"A blend of 76% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2022 Beau-Sejour Becot has more Cabernet Franc than any previous vintage. The pH is 3.55 pH and it has a deep purple-black color. Notions of blackcurrant jelly, blackberry pie, and warm plums jump from the glass, followed by suggestions of cedar chest, Sichuan pepper, and garrigue. The medium to full-bodied palate is chock-full of juicy black fruit flavors, with bright acidity and ripe, rounded tannins, finishing long and earthy. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent (5/2023) Ratings: 95-97
"The 2022 Beau-Séjour Bécot has a bit more Cabernet Franc than most years, which comes through immediately in the wine's aromatic profile. Dark, rich and expressive., the 2022 is seriously impressive. Crushed flowers, herbs, mint, blood orange and red-toned fruit all build into a sumptuous, majestic finish that just explodes on the back end. The 2022 is one of the very finest editions of Beau-Séjour Bécot I can remember tasting. It is a great, great wine." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous (5/2023) Ratings: 98-100, Drink: 2032-2052
"With the 2022 Beau-Séjour Bécot, this estate has taken another step up the ranks in Saint-Émilion, producing a wine of breathtaking perfume and harmony that will be worth a special effort to seek out. Wafting from the glass with aromas of wild berries, violets, lilac, raw cocoa and forest floor, it's medium to full-bodied, seamless and complete, with an ample and enveloping core of weightless fruit, beautifully powdery tannins and a long, saline, resonant finish. Recently planted massale selection Cabernet Franc is now producing meaningful yields at this address, so this cépage now represents 22% of the blend, complemented by 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Merlot. The team harvested only in the mornings, picking Merlot from 5-18 September and Cabernet from 13-23 September, sub-block by sub-block." - William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (5/2023), Ratings: 96-98
"Tasted on multiple occasions, the 2022 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot aways impressed, and I think it's clearly one of the finest vintages for this château. Including more Cabernet Franc than usual and a blend of 76% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, its ruby/purple hue is followed by a pure, ultra-fine, seamless Saint-Emilion with a wonderful core of black raspberry fruits supported by beautifully complex notes of chalky minerality, flowery incense, tobacco, and graphite. Medium to full bodied, with beautiful tannins and a great finish, this is never the most massive or concentrated wine in a vintage, yet it shines for its incredible sense of elegance, finesse, and complexity. The élevage here will span 18 months in 55% new French oak, and this hit 14.5% natural alcohol with a pH of 3.55. It will drink well for 30+ years." - Jeb Dunnuck (5/2023) Ratings: 95-97+