2011 Beau-Sejour-Becot Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JL 93 WE 93 VN 91 WS 91
JL 93

TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2012

(92-93 points) 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...
WE 93

Wine Enthusiast, May 2014

A great success for the vintage, this wine is firmly structured and expressive, bringing out a dark structure, ripe tannins and swathes of black fruits. Further generosity will develop as the wine matures. Drink from...
VN 91

Vinous, April 2022

The 2011 Beau-Séjour Bécot has a well-defined and pure bouquet with redcurrant, cranberry, blood orange and more mineralité than its peers. Fine delineation, becomes a little volatile in the glass. The palate is...
WS 91

Wine Spectator, March 2014

Captures the briary feel of the vintage, delivering a solid core of plum, bitter cherry and black currant mixed with notes of tobacco leaf and pain d'épices. A prominent charcoal spine takes over on the finish. Best from...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint Emilion
Vintage 2011
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%

The Beau-Sejour Becot vineyard is situated on the western plateau of Saint-Emilion, in the old parish of Saint-Martin de Mazerat. The estate covers 18.5 hectares of which 16.52 hectares are planted with Merlot (70%), Cabernet Franc (24%), and Cabernet Sauvignon (6%) on chalky soil with fossilized starfish. The average age of the vines is 40 years old and the fruit is harvested by hand.

This wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in 80-100% new barrels depending on the vintage. It then ages in the cellar for 16 to 18 months at constant temperature of 16 degrees Celsius. Annual production is approximately 60,000 bottles.

This 2011 Beau-Sejour-Becot is a Bordeaux Blend from the Saint Emilion sub-region of Bordeaux, France. With a deep purplish pink color, this red wine is made from a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The vineyard, spanning 16.5 hectares of mixed clay and limestone soil, boasts vines that are on average 35 years old, with a planting density of 6200 vines per hectare. This particular vintage was aged in 80% new oak barrels.

The nose of this wine is enticing, with prominent notes of prune, plum, cassis, and floral aromas. These initial aromas are followed by hints of chalky minerality and chocolate. On the palate, this Bordeaux Blend is medium to full-bodied, with a nice persistence of tannin and acidity. The finish is wonderfully rich and long, leaving a lasting impression.

While this wine is already showing great potential, it is recommended to cellar it for a few more years to allow it to gain its full equilibrium. The experts suggest enjoying it between 2017 and 2030. With its solid core of plum, bitter cherry, and black currant flavors, accompanied by notes of tobacco leaf and pain d'épices, this wine captures the briary feel of the vintage. The finish is characterized by a prominent charcoal spine.

Other reviewers have praised this wine as well, with one noting the deep color and the presence of truffle, floral, black raspberry, cherry blossom, licorice, and vanilla flavors. The addition of whole-berry fermentation in large barrels contributes to the wine's richness and opulent textures.

Overall, this 2011 Beau-Sejour-Becot is a truly exceptional Bordeaux Blend. With its well-defined and pure bouquet, firm structure, expressive nature, and potential for further development, it is a great success for the vintage. This wine is a must-try for any wine enthusiast.