2015 Joanin Bécot, Côtes de Castillon (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1253119 92 points Wine Spectator

 On the toasty side, with flashes of vanilla and mocha, but there's ample fleshy plum sauce and currant preserve flavors at the core, along with lingering notes of anise and violet on the finish. Best from 2019 through 2025. (JM)  (3/2018)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A year in, year out value that should be bought by readers is the 2015 Château Joanin Becot and it’s 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc from the Côtes de Castillon region of Bordeaux. It boasts a deep ruby/purple color as well as medium to full-bodied notes of ripe dark fruits, licorice, toasted bread, and spice. With a rounded, sexy, mouth-filling style and no hard edges, it’s a terrific value to enjoy over the coming decade.  (11/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Joanin Becot is blended of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, aged on the lees in 60% new and 40% one-year-old barrels for 16 months. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it opens with crushed red cherries and black raspberries on the nose with nuances of underbrush and bay leaves. The mouth is full, rich and a little rustic with firm, chewy tannins and a long, earthy finish. (LPB)  (2/2018)

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2018 | 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.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/3/2016 | Send Email
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Lovely and silky wine. Will drink well when released.
Drink from 2018 to 2025

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