2020 Beau-Sejour-Becot Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 6L
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JS 97 JL 97 VN 97 WE 96 DC 95 JD 95 WA 95 WS 94
JS 97

jamessuckling.com, May 2021

(JS 96-97 points) This has a fantastic finish with crushed blackberries and raspberries and salt undertones. It’s full-bodied, yet really racy and polished with such fine, intense tannins. Love the length to this. Very...
JL 97

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2023

Beau-Sejour Becot is on a hot streak and 2020 shows why. Opening with a wealth of flowers before you get to all the red, black and blue fruits, thyme, spice-box, espresso beans, cocoa and licorice in the bouquet. The...
VN 97

Vinous, February 2023

The 2020 Beau-Sejour Becot is a dense, powerful wine. A rush of black cherry, plum, chocolate, new leather, licorice, spice and sweet oak builds as this towering, vertically explosive Saint-Émilion opens in the glass...
WE 96

Wine Enthusiast,

(94-96 points) Barrel Sample. The wine's structure shows right through the vibrant fruit to give both great freshness and powerful tannins at the back. Black currant fruits shine with impressive acidity that gives a...
DC 95

Decanter, May 2021

Velvety rich deep blue fruits, this is powerful and measured, fruit-forward and yet subtle, layered blueberry and raspberry with smoked almonds and mocha on the finish. Sleek and finessed fruit flavours, a sense of...
JD 95

jebdunnuck.com, March 2023

A brilliant wine that's up with the finest to date from this incredible terroir, the 2020 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot checks in as 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. Revealing a vivid purple...
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2023

(95+ points) A terrific performance for an estate on a continuing upward trajectory, the 2020 Beau-Séjour Bécot unwinds in the glass with a deep bouquet of cherries and blackberries mingled with violets and spices...
WS 94

Wine Spectator, November 2022

Very expressive, with cassis, cherry puree and plum pâte de fruit notes leaping to the fore with good energy, while violet, red tea, savory and sanguine details add range and guile through the stylish finish. It's not...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint Emilion
Vintage 2020
Size 6L
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

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 2020 Beau-Séjour Bécot is a Bordeaux Blend red wine from the Saint-Émilion sub-region in Bordeaux, France. This wine is produced by Beau-Séjour-Bécot and is composed of 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has an alcohol content of 14.0% and is sealed with a cork.

James Suckling awarded this vintage a high score of 97 points, describing it as having a “fantastic finish with crushed blackberries and raspberries and salt undertones.” He noted its full-bodied nature, racy and polished profile, and “fine, intense tannins” that contribute to its distinguished and energetic character (jamessuckling.com, 5/11/2021).

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate also praised the wine, giving it 95 points and highlighting its “deep bouquet of cherries and blackberries mingled with violets and spices.” The review emphasized the wine’s purity, layers, and vibrant core of fruit, polished tannins, and long finish. The 2020 vintage was matured in a mix of new oak, tanks, amphorae, and foudres, demonstrating a careful approach to aging (Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 4/6/2023).

Decanter rated the wine 95 points, appreciating its “velvety rich deep blue fruits” and describing it as powerful, yet measured. The review mentions layers of blueberry and raspberry with smoked almonds and mocha on the finish, noting the wine’s sleek and finessed fruit flavors. The review also provides context on the vineyard’s ongoing efforts to study terroir and prepare for a new cellar in 2023 (Decanter, 5/1/2021).

Jeff Leve, who also awarded the wine 97 points, highlighted the wine’s bouquet of flowers, red, black, and blue fruits, and complex palate with crushed stones and velvet-tannins. He noted that the 2020 vintage represents a new level of quality at Beau-Séjour Bécot (TheWineCellarInsider.com, 3/21/2023).

Jeb Dunnuck, who rated the wine 95 points, praised its “vivid purple hue” and “gorgeous nose of black raspberries, cassis, violets, and a liquid rock-like sense of minerality.” He recommended giving the wine 4-5 years of bottle age and projected it would evolve gracefully over the next two decades (jebdunnuck.com, 3/29/2023).

Vinous also rated the wine 97 points, describing it as “dense, powerful” with a rush of black cherry, plum, chocolate, new leather, licorice, spice, and sweet oak. The review noted its intensity and overall volume, attributing much of its character to the clay in the soils (Vinous, 2/23/2023).

Wine Enthusiast gave the wine a score of 96, noting its structure, vibrant fruit, and impressive acidity. The review highlighted the wine’s floral character in the aftertaste (Wine Enthusiast).

Finally, Wine Spectator rated the wine 94 points, commending its expressiveness and energy. The review highlighted notes of cassis, cherry puree, and plum pâte de fruit, with additional details of violet, red tea, savory, and sanguine through the stylish finish (Wine Spectator, 11/30/2022).