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)
The 2014 Joanin Bécot is dark, fleshy and seductive. Sweet red cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and tobacco all infuse this succulent, pliant Côtes de Castillon. The 2014 has become quite refined over the last 18 months, and today, it is super-expressive. The blend is 75 % Merlot and 25 % Cabernet Franc, aged in 60 % new French oak. Jean-Philippe Fort is the consulting winemaker. (AG)
Sleek, with damson plum and cassis notes that glide through, inlaid with a floral edge and backed by light savory and iron hints on the focused finish. Shows lovely purity and freshness. Drink now through 2022. (JM)