2011 Beau-Sejour-Becot Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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REVIEWS

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...

WINE DETAILS

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.

The 2011 Beau-Sejour-Becot is a Bordeaux Blend from the Saint Emilion sub-region of Bordeaux, France. This red wine, produced by Beau-Sejour-Becot, boasts an alcohol content of 14.0%. It is crafted from a mix of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines, averaging 35 years old, are planted on 16.5 hectares of mixed clay and limestone soil, with a planting density of 6200 vines per hectare. The wine is aged in 80% new oak.

Jeff Loo from JJ Buckley awarded this wine an impressive score of 95 points. He describes the color as a "purplish pink" and notes initial aromas of "prune, plum, cassis, and floral notes," followed by "chalky minerality and chocolate." Loo highlights the wine's "medium to full-bodied" nature, with persistent tannins and acidity, culminating in a "wonderfully rich and long finish." He suggests that the wine will reach its peak between 2017 and 2030.

Wine Spectator’s review by JM, who gave the wine 91 points, emphasizes its "briary feel," with a solid core of "plum, bitter cherry, and black currant" complemented by "tobacco leaf and pain d'épices." The finish is marked by a "prominent charcoal spine." They recommend enjoying the wine from 2016 through 2026.

Jeff Leve from TheWineCellarInsider.com rated the wine at 93 points. He mentions the blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in 70% new oak. Leve highlights the wine's "deep color" and flavors of "truffle, floral, black raspberry, cherry blossom, licorice, and vanilla." The wine ends with "plush, polished, and silky boysenberry, black cherry, and stone." Leve also notes the whole-berry fermentation in large barrels, adding richness and opulent textures.

Vinous, represented by Neal Martin, awarded the wine 91 points. Martin praises its "well-defined and pure bouquet" with notes of "redcurrant, cranberry, blood orange, and more mineralité." However, he notes the wine becomes "a little volatile in the glass." The palate is described as "medium-bodied with grainy tannins," with "cedar and tobacco dominating the short but delineated finish."

Finally, Roger Voss from Wine Enthusiast gave a commendable score of 93 points, describing the wine as a "great success for the vintage." He highlights its "firmly structured and expressive" nature, with "ripe tannins and swathes of black fruits." Voss suggests that the wine's generosity will develop further as it matures, recommending consumption from 2018 onward.

Overall, the 2011 Beau-Sejour-Becot is a well-regarded Bordeaux blend, praised for its structure, rich flavors, and potential for aging.