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.
Well-built, with ample ganache and mocha notes out front, matched to ample dark plum, blackberry and fig fruit. Lush and fleshy in feel through the finish, delivering waves of velvety fruit and tannins. (Web Only—2015)
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)
The 2014 Beau-Séjour Bécot emphasizes silkiness and finesse while conveying an overall impression of understated grace. Nuanced and super-expressive on the palate, the 2014 should offer a long drinking window of pure pleasure. Attractive scents of iron, smoke, herbs and tobacco add nuance on the close. (AG)
Solid and tight with tangy acidity and tannins. Full bodied and chewy.