2011 Joanin Bécot, Côtes de Castillon
Vineyard encépagement: 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc. Dark, lively and spicy cassis with some oak spice over the top. Dense but still fresh and lively. Lots of juicy dark fruit across the mid palate and a fresh aftertaste.
Mineral and floral character with dried fruits. Medium to full body, with firm tannins and a medium finish. Well done for the vintage.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Proprietress Juliette Becot has produced a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc that again merits high marks for a value-priced offering in 2011. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by abundant quantities of dark berry fruit intermixed with hints of white chocolate, lead pencil shavings and vanillin. Medium-bodied with good juiciness, succulence, ripe tannin and a fleshy, opulent mouthfeel and finish, it is another big time sleeper of the vintage to enjoy over the next 7-8 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright ruby-red. Aromas of blackberry, violet and bitter chocolate, along with some strong oak tones. At once dense and nicely aromatic, showing good breadth for the year but also the tougher tannins that characterize so many 2011s. Finishes with good length, though.
Very fresh for the vintage, with rounded edges and easy, pure plum and blackberry fruit gliding along, backed by modest toast through the finish. A twinge of briar at the very end keeps this honest. Drink now through 2016. (Web-2014)