1998 Beau-Séjour Bécot, St-Emilion

SKU #1009098 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I must say, served against Pavie-Macquin and Cheval Blanc of the same vintage, one could argue that Becot is the most pleasurable 98 at the moment. Superb delineation and vivacity on the nose, particular compared to the Pavie-Macquin. A very pure bouquet, with blackberries, blueberries and a touch of black plum. It is also beginning to reveal a sense of minerality with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied , does not have particularly great depth, but is very well balanced, well-poised with a pretty, floral finish. Medium-length. Drinking very well now and over the next 7-8 years. Drink now-2016. Tasted September 2008. (NM)  (11/2008)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Red-ruby. Perfumed aromas of cherry, raspberry, cedar, licorice, tar and espresso. Fleshy and pliant, with ripe acids brightening the complex, fruit-driven flavors of cherry, raspberry, violet, licorice and mint. Not as powerful or ripe as the '00, but this is a lovely, elegantly styled St. Emilion with considerable class. Finishes with suave tannins that reach the front teeth. (ST)  (6/2001)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Lots of ripe fruit here, with a leafy, tobacco, meat and coffee undertone. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a sweet, lightly jammy aftertaste. Polished tannins. (JS, Web-2009)

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion