The 20 hectare vineyard of Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot is planted to 73% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. On average the vines are close to 45 years of age. But they have old vines as well. In fact, some of their oldest Merlot vines date back 70 years.
Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot is located on the limestone plateau of Saint Emilion with a terroir of clay that has deep, limestone soils. Below the surface there is an endless array of limestone tunnels and quarries, that really explain what makes the wine of Beau-Sejour Becot so special. To produce the wine of Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot, a portion of the grapes are whole-berry fermented. Vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks ranging in size from 80 to 100 hectolitres following a 4-day cold maceration. Malolactic fermentation takes place for most of the wine in barrel with the first four months of the aging spent on its post-malolactic lees. the remainder of the wine go through malolactic-fermentation in tank. The wine of Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot is aged in 75% new French oak barrels for between 18to 20 months before bottling.
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. [94+points, Robert M. Parker Jr- June 2015, robertparker.com]
The Beau-Sejour-Becot 2005 appears to be on an upward curve. It has a lovely ripe nose of strawberry preserve, mulberry, sloe and a hint of game that is very well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with s ripe, rounded entry. Lush in the mouth, the pH is nicely in synch with fruit, the finish elegant and very pure. It offers lovely mocha tinged red fruit on the long persistent finish. I wonder if continued bottle age will see yet higher scores in the future? Tasted December 2012. [92 points, Neal Martin – December 2012, robertparker.com]