2008 Beausejour Becot, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

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93-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Mint and eucalyptus aromas are the hallmark of this tensely tannic wine, which relies on finely polished new wood as well as blackcurrant flavors..." 91-93+ points Robert Parker: "This red/purple-colored offering reveals a sweet toasty oak character, wonderful ripeness, full-bodied opulence, superb purity, a layered mouthfeel, high but ripe tannin, and an underlying minerality and crispness from the vintage’s acid profile. This wine appears to just be coming off of malolactic fermentation, and it will benefit from several years of bottle age. It should keep for two decades or more. The natural alcohol came in at 14%.Proprietor Gerard Becot’s 40-acre vineyard, planted in pure limestone, is relatively large for St.-Emilion. The final blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon represents a sweet, rich, concentrated 2008 that competes favorably with the 2005." (04/09) 88-91 points Wine Spectator: "Crushed blackberry on the nose, with spices and toasty oak. Full-bodied, with lovely sweet fruit and polished, refined tannins. Long and delicious." (04/09) Please note - 2008 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will arrive between Jan 2011 and Dec 2011 We will contact you for shipping instructions.

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/9/2011  | Send Email
The blend for this wine is 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Spice and rich black fruit dominated the nose, carrying through onto the rich, fleshy palate. I loved its finish of black and red fruit and spice, with polished tannins. The acidity was a bit brighter, revealing some tart fruit on the finish.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/25/2009  | Send Email
2008 Vintage Report: *½ Deep aromas of spice and toast. Tons of fruit; perfumy on the nose. International style, but well-balanced. Structured for the cellar. (06/09)

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion