2014 Chateau Joanin Becot

Year: 2014
Appellation: Cotes de Castillon
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 90
James Suckling: 90-91
Jeff Leve: 88-90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"Sleek, with damson plum and cassis notes that glide through, inlaid with a floral edge and backed by light savory and iron hints on the focused finish. Shows lovely purity and freshness. Drink now through 2022. 4,000 cases made. -JM" (WS)

"The 2014 Joanin Becot has an elegant bouquet with red cherries, bergamot and cassis aromas, a touch of cedar developing with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and a silky smooth texture; it is less chewy than it showed out of barrel. No, it is not a deep Saint Emilion, but there is ample tension and great persistence in the mouth. This is just a delicious Joanin Becot." (WA)

"The 2014 Joanin Bécot is dark, fleshy and seductive. Sweet red cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and tobacco all infuse this succulent, pliant Côtes de Castillon. The 2014 has become quite refined over the last 18 months, and today, it is super-expressive. The blend is 75 % Merlot and 25 % Cabernet Franc, aged in 60 % new French oak. Jean-Philippe Fort is the consulting winemaker. Tasted two times." (VM)

"A dense and rich wine with licorice, asphalt and currants. Full, firm and structured. Chewy." (JS)

"Ripe, soft, round and packed with licorice, ripe, black cherries and cocoa, this blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc is going to show well early. 88-90 2055 Views Tasted May 1, 2015" (JL)

Winery Notes:
Château Joanin Bécot was purchased by the Bécot family in February 2001. According to Juliette, they chose this Bordeaux wine property because of the unique terroir. Joanin Bécot is located at some of the highest elevations along the Gironde in the Côtes de Castillon.

Shortly after purchasing the estate, the family added their name to the property as well. In 2001 at the time of the purchase, Joanin Bécot was 5.4 hectares. With additional purchases, they increased the size of their vineyards to 12 hectares.

The 12 hectare vineyard is planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc on a terroir of clay and limestone soils.