2009 Joanin Bécot, Côtes de Castillon

SKU #1095950 92 points James Suckling

 The berry, coffee and chocolate character in this wine is impressive. Full, velvety and juicy. Soft textured. Pretty fruit. Delicious already. Best after 2015.  (2/2012)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 An intense wine from the Becot family (Michel Rolland is the consultant), this blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc was cropped at a very low 25.5. hectoliters per hectare. The wine has an opaque ruby/purple color and a big, projected nose of red and black fruits, toasty oak, graphite, and a hint of burning embers. A large-scaled wine at 14.5% alcohol, with the requisite glycerin and unctuous texture, this is a thick, juicy, very pure and impressively well-made wine from one of the most fashionable satellites of the Cotes de Bordeaux (Castillon), and thus kudos should go to proprietress Julliette Becot. Drink it over the next decade. (91+, RP)  (2/2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (75% merlot and 25% cabernet franc): Dark, bright red. Aromas and flavors of dark cherry, licorice, mocha, minerals and flowers. Plush, ripe and seamless, offering lovely sweetness but maintaining a light touch. Finishes long and fresh, with suave tannins and excellent grip. The silkiest and best wine I've tasted to date from this property, for drinking over the next 10 to 12 years.  (7/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Nicely toasty, but integrated, with dark spice and black tea leading the way, backed by lush plum sauce, fig and raspberry fruit. The chalky spine is buried on the finish, lending length and boding well for short-term cellaring. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2013 through 2020.  (3/2012)

K&L Notes

* 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc. Chocolate aromas and flavors. Very nice. Superb finish. This is right bank 2009 Bordeaux value wine at its best. Easy drinker right now with tons of ripe fruit on the palate. Lingering finish.

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2013 | Send Email
Classic nose of spicy cloves and cinnamon, with a palate full of cherries, chocolate, plums and even a touch of espresso coffee. Lot's going on.

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