2011 Beau-Séjour Bécot, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1090801 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (5/ 2014)

91 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (3/ 2014)

90 points James Suckling

 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  (2/ 2014)

90 points 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)  (4/ 2014)

Jancis Robinson

 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  (10/ 2013)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/5/2014  | Send Email
*+ Dark, inky-tarry color, black berry and red currant fruit, sweet and thick. A bit short on the finish, but still a monster wine.

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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.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion