2012 Joanin Bécot, Côtes de Castillon

SKU #1204218 91 points Vinous

 The 2012 Joanin Bécot is dark, open and quite seductive. Black cherry, plum, spice and leather all meld together in a very pretty, gracious wine with soft contours to drink now and over the next handful of years. The 2012 is 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. Jean-Philippe Fort is the consulting winemaker. This is a gorgeous wine that delivers superb quality as well as value. (AG)  (1/2016)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 ***Best Buy*** The wine has serious tannins and firm fruit that give an austere character at this stage. But it will develop and round out into a rich wine with ripe black fruits, always with a solid tannic structure. Owner Juliette Bécot manages the technical side here with consultant Jean-Philippe Fort from the Michel Rolland lab, and manages marketing at classed-growth Château Beauséjour-Bécot in nearby Saint-Émilion. (RV)  (12/2014)

90 points James Suckling

 Fresh and silky red with blueberry, mineral and floral character. Medium body, fine tannins and a clean finish. Extremely well done. Better in 2016.  (2/2015)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This property continues to make terrific value wines. The 2012, a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, is a major sleeper of the vintage. Gorgeous, plump black cherry, kirsch and blackcurrant fruit mixed with incense, licorice and spice jump from the glass of this opaque ruby/purple wine. Fleshy, opulent and a dead ringer for a top Pomerol, this beauty from the Becot family is once again a major over-achiever. (RP)  (4/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Tasted blind. Lively crimson. Elderberries and lots of life. This should disappoint no one. Great Value.  (1/2016)

Wine Spectator

 A frame of toasty vanilla bean and cedar notes lends a lightly firm edge to the core of plum and black currant fruit. Reveals a light grainy hint on the finish. (JM)  (12/2014)

K&L Notes

Praise from Robert Parker: "This blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc from Juliette Becot's nearly 30-acre vineyard is one of my favorite wines from the Cotes de Castillon." (04/2013)

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/8/2015 | Send Email
Owned by the Bécot brothers from Beau-Sejour- Bécot in Saint-Émilion, this property is located in a rather privileged terroir in Castillon. It has loads of dark cherries in its aromatics along with cocoa powder and kirsch, very Right Bank indeed. The palate shows a bit more restraint, but still the chocolate, spicy oak and plums abound along with its firm tannins. 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2015 | Send Email
A lovely fruit forward 2012. Made by the lovelly Juliett becot of Beausejour Becot fame. Try with a pork roast and decant one hour.
Drink from 2015 to 2025

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