2014 Beau-Séjour Bécot, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
Barrel Sample. While this powerful wine does have considerable over-extraction, it also has swathes of ripe berry fruits. There is enough fruity richness that it should eventually dominate the tough structure and harmonize; it just needs time.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Château Beausejour Bécot 2014 , which absorbed the La Gomerie vineyard in 2012 (I wondered where it had gone...) is a blend of 87% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc picked between 3 and 16 October at 28hl/ha. Raised in 60% new oak, it has a very pure, black cherry and iodine-scented bouquet that is well defined with fine mineralité. The palate is silky smooth with layers of new oak that are deftly interwoven into the creamy black fruit. Perhaps I would like to see more terroir coming through, but it does have an irresistible texture, the way it just glides across the mouth. This is one of Saint Emilion's most sensual offerings. (NM)
This delivers a vibrant core of raspberry and boysenberry preserves, freshened with hints of mint, savory and tobacco, all carried by fine threads of charcoal through the finish. Reveals a lovely tug of sweet earth at the end. Best from 2022 through 2032. (JM)
The 2014 Beau-Séjour Bécot is an attractive, open-knit Saint-Émilion that will drink well with minimal cellaring. Dark and powerful, with well-judged extraction, the 2014 possesses striking balance. Mocha, spice, torrefaction and new leather meld around the expressive, inviting finish. There is a lot to like. (AG)
Solid and tight with tangy acidity and tannins. Full bodied and chewy.