2012 Joanin Bécot, Côtes de Castillon
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)
***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)
Fresh and silky red with blueberry, mineral and floral character. Medium body, fine tannins and a clean finish. Extremely well done. Better in 2016.
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)
Tasted blind. Lively crimson. Elderberries and lots of life. This should disappoint no one. Great Value.
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)
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)