2009 Beau-Séjour-Becot, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1055042 96 points Wine Enthusiast

 *#8 on Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Wines of 2012* Minty new wood aromas on a wine that shows both great tannins and sweet wood. The fruit is still to show, but promises fresh plum flavors that will be delicious and juicy...  (2/ 2012)

94 points James Suckling

 Aromas of blueberries and minerals with hints of dried flowers. Full body, with chewy tannins and a bright finish. Structured on the finish and should open up nicely with age. Fresh. Better after 2017.  (4/ 2012)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 With an unctuous texture, full-bodied power and tremendous levels of tannin (largely concealed behind a cascade of rich fruit), this is a fabulous effort from a beautifully situated St.-Emilion premier grand cru classe. It will need 5-8 years of cellaring, and should keep for three decades.  (2/ 2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright full ruby. Sweet, expressive aromas of dark berries, dark chocolate, cola and exotic spices. Lush, velvety and sweet, with expansive flavors of dark fruits, mocha and cola complemented by sexy oak. The expansive finish features building ripe tannins and excellent lingering sweetness. Very much in the fleshy style of the year and attractive from day one.  (7/ 2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Dark but racy, with chocolate-covered raspberry and blackberry fruit carried by graphite and toasty cinnamon, black tea and anise flavors. Firms up on the finish, with a lovely note of singed apple wood that should meld nicely after cellaring.  (3/ 2012)

K&L Notes

At UGC: Sweet and very ripe, with an almost whisky barrel aspect. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.

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Country:

France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion