The story behind Château Beau Séjour Bécot is a rather charming one, befitting for a truly charming wine.
Château Beau Séjour Bécot sits on a unique terroir comprising of clay on very deep limestone known locally as the Saint Martin de Mazerat Plateau. In 1787, the then owner was chatting away to a member of the famous Figeac family who suggested the estate be named Beau Séjour due to its appealingly tranquil site fit for a ‘Beautiful-Sojourn’ and restful stay amongst the vines.
It wasn’t until 1969 that the Bécot family name was affixed to the Château when Michel Bécot bought the property. The family has been in St Emilion since 1760 and owned much smaller sites very close to Beau-Séjour, all of which over time have been absorbed into the production of the Grand Vin and second wines of the estate.
22 hectares are now planted with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon with a high proportion of older vines, approximately 45 years old with some being 70+ years. The 2005 vintage is comprised of a blend of 70% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. Roughly a third of the grapes were fermented as whole bunches and a smaller proportion was subjected to whole berry fermentations. The remaining wine has been vinified in tanks. Much of the wine saw malolactic fermentation and then spent 4 months maturing on post-malolactic lees. It was then matured for 16 months in French oak with 65% of the wine in new oak.
This is still a wonderfully fresh and vibrant wine with a super smooth texture, mineral hints, black cherry, liquorice, and cocoa. Some truffle and forest floor notes are beginning to creep in which adds yet further depth and complexity. This is a wine with a long life still ahead of it.
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