Chateau Joanin Bécot 2018

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JBCC201810 UCAU
  • Jeb Dunnuck: 91/100 "A beautiful wine that shines on all accounts."
  • James Suckling: 91/100 "A light and fruity red with pretty, crushed berry and cherry character."
  • James Molesworth: 90/100 "Very pure and pretty."
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  • Jeb Dunnuck
    91 points
  • James Suckling
    91 points
  • James Moleswort
    90 points

Editors notes

A beautiful wine that shines on all accounts, the 2018 Château Joanin Bécot is a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc from a cooler, limestone terroir in the Castillon region of Bordeaux.

Aged in 50% new oak (15% in amphora), it offers a beautiful limestone and mineral-laced style in its blackcurrants, black cherry, dried herbs, camphor, and graphite aromas and flavors. Beautifully balanced, authentic, and lengthy, it will shine on release yet has the class to evolve for over a decade.

- Jeb Dunnuck

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blueberry
    • Boysenberry
    • Herbal
  • Palate
    • Blue Fruits
    • Cassis
    • Graphite

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Jeb Dunnuck

    91
    "A beautiful wine that shines on all accounts, the 2018 Château Joanin Bécot is a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc from a cooler, limestone terroir in the Castillon region of Bordeaux. Aged in 50% new oak (15% in amphora), it offers a beautiful limestone and mineral-laced style in its blackcurrants, black cherry, dried herbs, camphor, and graphite aromas and flavors. Beautifully balanced, authentic, and lengthy, it will shine on release yet has the class to evolve for over a decade."
  • James Suckling

    91
    "A light and fruity red with pretty, crushed berry and cherry character. Very fine tannins. Medium body. Clean finish. 30 per cent amphora. Fun."
  • James Molesworth

    90
    "A bright style, featuring damson plum and floral notes, flecked with herb accents and lined with a light sandalwood twinge. Very pure and pretty."

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France

Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux has a rich history of winemaking, dating back to the Roman times. Today, it is known as one of the most significant wine regions in the world, with a reputation for producing complex, full-bodied red wines. The region is home to a diverse range of terroirs, each with its own unique microclimate, soil composition, and grape varieties.

The left bank of Bordeaux is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, which thrives in the region's gravelly soils. These wines tend to be bold, tannic, and complex, with notes of blackcurrant, cedar, and tobacco. On the right bank, Merlot is king, producing wines that are softer and fruitier, with notes of plum, cherry, and chocolate.

Aside from the red blends, Bordeaux is also renowned for its sweet wines, particularly from the Sauternes and Barsac appellations. These wines are made using a unique process that involves botrytis, or "noble rot," which concentrates the sugars in the grapes, resulting in a lusciously sweet and complex wine.

Bordeaux's classification system has evolved over time, with some estates moving up or down the ranks depending on the quality of their wines. Today, the system includes five growths, with Premier Cru being the highest and Deuxièmes Crus being the second-highest. There is also a separate classification for the sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac, with Chateau d’Yquem holding the highest rank.

Overall, Bordeaux is a region that continues to captivate wine enthusiasts around the world with its rich history, diverse terroirs, and exceptional wines.

Cotes de Castillon

The Côtes de Castillon subregion sits on the Dordogne river’s right bank in the Bordeaux wine region of southwest France. It became a geographical denomination within the Côtes de Bordeaux appellation in 2009. Three distinct soil types mark Castillon: gravel near the river, clay in the foothills, and clay and limestone on the plateau. The vineyards enjoy a southern exposure and an altitude change greater than 100 metres. A significant number of producers here are dedicated to a more sustainable, environmentally friendly approach to grape-growing and winemaking, with roughly one-quarter of them operating organically or biodynamically. The subregion produces exclusively red wines, cultivating three main grape varieties: Merlot (the primary variety), Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The blended wines – 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon – are generally well-structured, approachable, and can be drunk young or cellared for some time.

About the brand Chateau Joanin Becot

Chateau Joanin Becot was purchased by the Becot family in 2001 in February 2001. According to Juliette Becot, they chose this Bordeaux wine property because of the unique terroir. Joanin Becot is located at some of the highest elevations along the Gironde in the Cotes de Castillon.

The 12.8-hectare Cotes de Bordeaux vineyard of Joanin Becot is planted with 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. This shows a change in the vineyard with more Cabernet Franc plantings. Chateau Joanin Becot has a terroir of clay and limestone soils.

The vineyard is planted to a vine density that ranges from 5,200 vines per hectare to 6,250 plants per hectare. The higher levels of vine density are found with all the newer plantings.

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