Chateau Joanin Bécot Castillon 2007 Côtes De Bordeaux
Chateau Joanin Bécot Castillon 2007 Côtes De Bordeaux; Bottle-aged beauty from a superstar in France;
A blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, the wine saw 16-18 months in 70% new French oak. Opaque in the glass with just a hint of red around the rim, the 2007 Becot shows intense aromas of spicy plum, fresh black earth and mocha. With just a few minutes of air white chocolate and truffle mingle with graphite, black raspberry and mineral notes in a very complex and engaging nose. Plump, juicy and fresh on the palate with lingering equal proportions of fruit, earth and oak notes in a lengthy finish. Still drinking great with another couple of years easy.
The Becot family, owners of the Grand Cru Chateau Beau-Sejour in St. Emilion, saw both tremendous potential and as well as a kinship with St. Emilion in this upper-elevation Cotes de Castillon site located just southeast of Beau Sejour itself. They spent a fortune revitalizing the property with a new winery and better farming practices (the most intensive in the region, I’ve read) and, with the help of consultant to the stars, Michelle Rolland, they have crafted a delicious, age worthy Bordeaux combining modern viticulture with traditional aesthetics.