2011 Beau-Séjour Bécot, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
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 2018.
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 2016 through 2026.
This is grapey, with licorice and flowers on the nose and palate. Medium to full body with fine tannins and a medium finish. Needs time to open. Better in 2016
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A masculine, slightly rustic style of St.-Emilion, this dense ruby/purple-hued, medium-bodied 2011 exhibits notes of mulberries, black cherries, earth, graphite and a touch of background oak. It possesses elevated tannins, but a good attack and impressive purity as well as depth. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it over the next 15+ years. (RP)
Good blackcurrant character - almost more left bank than right in that respect. Tannic too. Modest intensity, but already showing cedar and leaf litter character. Good. 17/20 points. Drink 2015 to 2025