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2010 Joanin Bécot, Côtes de Castillon (special label)

SKU #1299567 90 points James Suckling

 Fresh spicy nose with coffee, red plums and cranberry. Some vanilla, nutmeg and white pepper. Crushed chalk behind the fruit. Vibrant and juicy red fruit on the palate with ripe tannins and good length. Medium-full body.  (3/2013)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Joanin Becot has a simple bouquet with raspberry and balsamic scents that open and muster more vigour with time, the oak nicely integrated and revealing floral tones. The palate is medium-bodied with a tannic, masculine entry. This is very structured with a dry finish, but it is balanced and poised and will benefit from several years in the cellar. Tasted January 2014. (NM)  (3/2014)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A supple, polished, modern style, relying on creamy, mocha-tinged toast, gentle plum and blackberry fruit flavors before finishing with a lingering cocoa edge. Should stretch out nicely with modest cellaring. Drink now through 2018. (JM)  (3/2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright dark red. Musky aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, menthol, flowers and spicy oak. Rather suave and fine-grained, with red fruit, coffee and mocha flavors complicated by sweet oak and underbrushy soil tones. Finishes with a positive herbal element, good ripe acidity and substantial lush, building tannins. (ID)  (8/2013)

K&L Notes

75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc.

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/22/2017 | Send Email
This wine is ready to be enjoyed. Very pleasing, and of a lighter body than what I was expecting. Enticing notes of sweet BBQ sauce, along with mocha, and plum with a touch floral as well.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/21/2017 | Send Email
This killer value has creamy cherry, vanilla, cocoa and oak flavors and aromas in a silky and easy to drink style. The mid-palate is smooth and fresh and finishes with very fine tannins. The vanilla cream flavored 2016 is lush with plenty of structure and should be another super value.

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


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