2005 Beau-Séjour-Bécot, St-Emilion

SKU #1040181 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A beautiful wine from Beau-Séjour Bécot, the color of the 2005 is an opaque purple and the wine is loaded with notes of cedar wood, Asian spice, blackberry and cassis fruit. Full-bodied and tannic, but broad, huge, and massive, this wine is still an infant and needs another 7-10 years of cellaring. This is a 40- to 50-year wine from the Bécot family. 94+ points. (RP)  (4/2015)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good ruby-red. Very ripe but lively aromas of kirsch, licorice, bitter chocolate, nuts and violet. Dense and sweet but vibrant, with a medicinal reserve and terrific grip to the superripe fruit and bitter chocolate flavors. Wonderfully rich, pliant wine with late-arriving tannins and a terrific spine for a slow evolution in bottle. Much more tightly wound today than the Becot family's La Gomerie, but there's plenty of fat fruit lurking. (ST)  (6/2008)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Offers aromas of blackberry, coffee and tar, with a full body, silky tannins and a blackberry, mineral and light vanilla aftertaste. Balanced, refined and pretty. Best after 2014. (JS)  (3/2008)

Jancis Robinson

 100% new oak. Lovely smelly fruit in the winery. Very dark crimson. Intense, graphite nose with a hint of liquorice and even, dare I say it, Argentine Malbec! Dramatic, ambitious wine. 17.5/20 points. Drink 2014 - 2024. (JR)  (12/2012)

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Saint Emilion