Château Beau Séjour Bécot, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Émilion, SHC, 2005

  Château Beau Séjour Bécot

Château Beau Séjour Bécot, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Émilion, SHC

"A beautiful wine from Beau-Séjour Bécot, the color of the 2005 is an opaque purple and the wine is loaded with notes of cedar wood, Asian spice, blackberry and cassis fruit. Full-bodied and tannic, but broad, huge, and massive, this wine is still an infant and needs another 7-10 years of cellaring. This is a 40- to 50-year wine from the Bécot family. Drink 2025-2075."

94+/100 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2015

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Beau Séjour Bécot

This estate has changed its name several times over the years, in the eighteenth century it was known as Domaine de Peycoucou - the hill where the cuckoo sings- but its was eventually 1787, at the wish of the presiding owner, Général Jacques de Carle that it became Château Beau-Séjour Bécot. Located on the plateau of Saint-Martin de Mazerat, to the immediate west of Saint-Emilion village, the Château lies in the heart of the Saint-Emilion appellation, surrounded by Premier Grand Cru Classé A & B vineyards. The Merlot and Cabernet vines are planted on limestone clay soils and the wines are aged in new Alliers oak barrels from 12-18 months.

Appellation: St Emilion

St-Émilion is a very different region to those of the Médoc, dominated by small-holding farmers and estates rather than grand Châteaux. Merlot is widely planted as is Cabernet Franc in some parts. The wines are enormously variable in style depending on the terroir, the grape variety make-up and winemaking style. Loosely the region is divided between the limestone Côtes, Graves or gravelly limestone plateau or the sandy alluvial soils nearer the Dordogne. Traditionally Médoc wines were trade from Bordeaux and St Emilions from Libourne so they have their own classification system separate to that of 1855. The classification is revised every ten years and falls into four categories, St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé
Most of the district's best properties are either on the steep, clay-limestone hillsides immediately below the town or on a gravelly section of the plateau west of St Emilion itself abutting Pomerol. There are several high profile estates in the region, including Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Figeac, Le Dôme, Valandraud and Pavie.

Grape Blend: Merlot | Cab. Sauvignon | Cab. Franc

Three of the classic Bordeaux varieties. A relatively rare blend for the right bank, where Cabernet Sauvignon plays a greater role than Cabernet Franc (Figeac being one of the few examples), while on the left bank this is most likely to crop up in the communes with cooler, damper soils such as St Estèphe.