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.