2014 Joanin Bécot, Côtes de Castillon (Pre-Arrival)
A dense and rich wine with licorice, asphalt and currants. Full, firm and structured. Chewy.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Joanin Bécot 2014, often one of the top performing Côte de Castillon crus, is a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc cropped at 30 hectoliter per hectare. Being raised in 60% new wood, it has a very ripe and opulent bouquet, perhaps just a little high-toned in the context of its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with chewy black fruit, nicely integrated oak with a structured, masculine, tertiary finish that is persistence in the mouth. This is a modern style Bordeaux but one that is cleverly and thoughtfully executed. (NM)
A big, powerful wine, the Joanin Bécot offers tons of depth to match its explosive personality. Mocha, dark fruit, smoke and new leather all flesh out in the glass. The style is decidedly rich and intense, yet all the elements are very nicely balanced. I expect the 2014 will be at its best with a few years in bottle, which should allow the tannins to soften a touch. The blend is 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, aged in 60% new French oak. Jean-Philippe Fort is the Consulting Winemaker. Tasted two times. (AG)
A firm, toasted style, with a ganache edge holding sway over the plum and blueberry notes. Features a smoky finish, but this shows solid flesh in the end, and should soak up the élevage. (Web-2015) (JM)