Beausejour Becot 2020

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Tasting Notes and Scores

95-97+

Wine Advocate

Drink Date
2026 - 2050

Reviewed by - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Displaying a deep purple-black color, the 2020 Beau-Sejour Becot prances out of the glass with showy scents of preserved plums, chocolate-covered cherries, wild blueberries and raspberry preserves, plus suggestions of rose oil, ground cloves and licorice. The elegantly crafted, medium-bodied palate shimmers with energy, offering a fantastic intensity of crunchy red and black fruits, supported by fine-grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and perfumed. Simply stunning.

92-94

Neal Martin

The 2020 Beau-Séjour Bécot was picked 8 September until 30 September, but mostly between 8-12 September, around 70% of the production. It is one of the highest percentages of Merlot in recent years partly due to restructuring of the vineyard and also higher yields (47-48hl/ha) compared to the Cabernets. With no SO2 used during fermentation and matured in 55% new oak (20hl Stockinger and Taransaud foudres and regular barriques) it is tightly wound on the nose, so I afforded the sample an hour to really open. It offers predominantly red berry fruit, wild mint and traces of dried honey, more floral scents emerging, violet and iris flower blossoming with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins, very well judged acidity, a very graceful and unpretentious Saint-Émilion, harmonious with a touch of white pepper enhancing the precise finish. This is a classically styled Beau-Séjour Bécot that conveys a brooding intensity, so I would give it several years in the cellar.
- vinous.com

93-94

Michael Schuster

(85% M, 13% CF, 2% CS; 42hl/ha; 14.5% ABV; 65% new)
Rather closed to smell, but distinctly wild-rose floral and also distinctly mineral; rich, fresh, very finely tannic, a beautiful, delicate, yet in no way weak balance; gently deep and freshly sweet, pure, transparent, effortless, almost filmy, with no sense of textural tannin thickness, fragrant and mineral behind the freshly ripe fruit; a bewitching complexity as you linger over the wine, and finally a lovely perfume to finish. A most winning combination of intensity, effortlessness, and finesse. Gloriously complete. Along with the Juliette Bécot, a magnificently complete pair. 2028–2050+.

17+

Jancis Robinson

85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Fully blended with 10% press wine and no SO2 (at this stage). Cask sample.
Absolute expression of place with stony, chalky notes superimposed over the berry fruit. Lovely texture of tannin, the palate fine, fresh, fruity and persistent. Really elegant and digeste. Reinforces the change of style seen since 2017. (JL)

96-98

Jeff Leve

With striking floral notes on the nose, you also find licorice, Asian spice, spearmint, cigar wrapper and an array of red and black plums. The wine is lifted, elegant, refined and focused on its purity and silky tannins. The energetic palate leaves you with layers of velvet-textured, sensuous, spicy fruits that lingers and expands for over 50 seconds in the finish. This is a new level of quality at Beau-Sejour Becot and also a change in style with less volume, but more intensity, purity and precision. The wine blends 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.3% ABV. 96-98

94-96

Jeb Dunnuck

The vivid purple-hued 2020 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot is another ethereal, incredibly perfumed, mineral-laced Saint-Emilion, which is common from wines from the upper, limestone plateau. Gorgeous cassis and black cherry fruits as well as floral notes, violets, and chalky minerality all define the nose, and it’s medium-bodied, has wonderfulness and purity, and reveals a liqueur of rocks-like minerality on the finish. It’s another thrillingly complete wine from this team that shines for its purity, elegance, and complexity.