Chateau Beau Sejour-Becot | Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2020 / 750 ml.

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JS96+96–97 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Wednesday, June 2, 2021
This has a fantastic finish with crushed blackberries and raspberries and salt undertones. It’s full-bodied, yet really racy and polished with such fine, intense tannins. Love the length to this. Very distinguished and toned. Excellent energy. 85% merlot, 13% cabernet franc and 2% cabernet sauvignon. (James Suckling)
RP95+95+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 6th Apr 2023
A terrific performance for an estate on a continuing upward trajectory, the 2020 Beau-Séjour Bécot unwinds in the glass with a deep bouquet of cherries and blackberries mingled with violets and spices. Medium to full-bodied, pure and layered, it’s deep and concentrated, with a vibrant core of fruit, polished tannins and a long, sapid finish. The 2020 is a blend of 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, some two-thirds of which was matured in new oak, with the balance in tanks, amphorae and foudres. (William Kelley)
JD9595 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 3/29/2023
A brilliant wine that’s up with the finest to date from this incredible terroir, the 2020 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot checks in as 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. Revealing a vivid purple hue as well as a drop-dead gorgeous nose of black raspberries, cassis, violets, and a liquid rock-like sense of minerality, it’s medium to full-bodied and concentrated, with ultra-fine tannins and perfect balance. This beauty deserves 4–5 years of bottle age and will evolve gracefully over the following two decades or more. Don’t miss it. (Jeb Dunnuck)
SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Mar 31, 2023
Very expressive, with cassis, cherry puree and plum pâte de fruit notes leaping to the fore with good energy, while violet, red tea, savory and sanguine details add range and guile through the stylish finish. It’s not easy to capture such freshness in this vintage like this version does. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2026 through 2038. (James Molesworth)

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Château Beau Séjour-Bécot

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JS96+ 96–97 pts. / JamesSuckling.com (Wednesday, June 2, 2021)

This has a fantastic finish with crushed blackberries and raspberries and salt undertones. It’s full-bodied, yet really racy and polished with such fine, intense tannins. Love the length to this. Very distinguished and toned. Excellent energy. 85% merlot, 13% cabernet franc and 2% cabernet sauvignon. (James Suckling)

RP95+ 95+ pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (6th Apr 2023)

A terrific performance for an estate on a continuing upward trajectory, the 2020 Beau-Séjour Bécot unwinds in the glass with a deep bouquet of cherries and blackberries mingled with violets and spices. Medium to full-bodied, pure and layered, it’s deep and concentrated, with a vibrant core of fruit, polished tannins and a long, sapid finish. The 2020 is a blend of 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, some two-thirds of which was matured in new oak, with the balance in tanks, amphorae and foudres. (William Kelley)

JD95 95 pts. / Jeb Dunnuck (3/29/2023)

A brilliant wine that’s up with the finest to date from this incredible terroir, the 2020 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot checks in as 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. Revealing a vivid purple hue as well as a drop-dead gorgeous nose of black raspberries, cassis, violets, and a liquid rock-like sense of minerality, it’s medium to full-bodied and concentrated, with ultra-fine tannins and perfect balance. This beauty deserves 4–5 years of bottle age and will evolve gracefully over the following two decades or more. Don’t miss it. (Jeb Dunnuck)

SP94 94 pts. / Wine Spectator (Mar 31, 2023)

Very expressive, with cassis, cherry puree and plum pâte de fruit notes leaping to the fore with good energy, while violet, red tea, savory and sanguine details add range and guile through the stylish finish. It’s not easy to capture such freshness in this vintage like this version does. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2026 through 2038. (James Molesworth)

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Region / Bordeaux

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Bordeaux is known the world over for its exceptional wines, particularly red blends made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, among others. These Cabernets aren't typically the full-bodied Cabs you get from California, but rather medium-bodied wines that emanate elegance and sophistication.

You'll also find some refreshing Bordeaux whites and, of course, Bordeaux's famous dessert wine, Sauternes.

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The French did not invent winemaking. They simply perfected it. For centuries, France has been producing wines that inspire poetry, awe, and wonder; wines that blur the lines between nature, craftsmanship, cuisine and art. These are the wines that inspired cultures around the globe to follow in France’s footsteps, planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Grenache, Merlot, Semillon and more.

Yet as often as they are emulated, the magic of their terroirs can never be duplicated. You may taste Cabernet from around the world, but perhaps none as elegant and regal as Bordeaux. You may try Pinot Noir or Chardonnay from various climates, but none with the earth-bound soul and ethereal reach of Burgundy.

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SKU 60868
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Château Beau Séjour-Bécot
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Product Location - Location-Appellation Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 14%
Brand Château Beau Séjour-Bécot
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2020
Can it be Shipped Yes
Rating 96.10 pts
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Primary Grape Merlot
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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Chateau Bellefont-Belcier | Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2020 / 750 ml.

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru
2020 / 750 ml.

Item #: 59813

JD9898 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 3/29/2023
The finest wine I’ve tasted from this estate, the 2020 Château Bellefont-Belcier is an incredibly gorgeous blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep ruby/purple-hued, it offers a great nose of cassis, ripe black cherries, camphor, dried flowers, cedar, and forest floor. Bringing gorgeous richness, it nevertheless stays flawlessly balanced, with ultra-fine tannins and a great finish. The purity of fruit here is just about off the charts. While it already offers pleasure, it’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring and have 20–25 years of prime drinking. This estate uses a five-day cold soak and fermentation, all in concrete, spanning 25 days. Malolactic fermentation occurs in barrel (four months on lees), and the wine spends 18 months in 30% new French oak, with the balance in once- and twice-used barrels. Yields in 2020 were also reasonable at 34 hectoliters per hectare. (Jeb Dunnuck)
JS9797 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, May 14, 2023
Fascinating aromas of plums, peaches, lavender, violets, and other flowers. Hints of fresh herbs, too. So complex. Full-bodied yet so elegant and polished with a curated and focused palate. Hints of chocolate at the end. It’s so subtle and complex. Weightless on the palate. About 30% was aged in 30 hectoliter casks. 72% merlot, 18% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon. (James Suckling)
RP94+94+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 12th Mar 2023
The 2020 Bellefont Belcier is a terrific follow up to the excellent 2019. Wafting from the glass with aromas of dark berries, licorice, bay leaf and spices, it's medium to full-bodied, seamless and refined, with lovely depth at the core, vibrant acids and a long, chalky finish. It's great to see one of Saint-Émilion's sleeping giants awakening. (William Kelley)
VN9494 pts. - Vinous - Feb 2023
The 2020 Bellefont-Belcier signals a major move away from the potent, brooding style of years past towards an expression of this site that seeks greater finesse. That is immediately apparent in the wine’s feel and tannin profile. Dark plum, lavender, espresso, menthol, licorice and spice are all laced together. I would give the 2020 a few years to soften. It is super-promising, that much is clear. (Antonio Galloni)
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JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, May 14, 2023
A beautiful red with black berries, black and green olives, and bitter chocolate. It’s full-bodied with polished tannins. Lots of depth and length. Savory at the end. It’s from dedicated plots of Pavie. Half merlot and half cabernet franc. Not just a second wine. Better after 2028. (James Suckling)
JD9494 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 3/29/2023
The second wine of Château Pavie, the 2020 Aromes De Pavie certainly has some Grand Vin character in its red and black fruits, tobacco, leafy herbs, and chocolate-driven aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and concentrated, with fine tannins and some obvious minerality on the finish, it’s up with the finest second wines in the vintage. It will keep for two decades. (Jeb Dunnuck)
RP91+91–93 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 20th May 2021
Composed of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc, the 2020 Arômes de Pavie has an alcohol of 14.78% and a pH of 3.57. It is aging in French oak barriques, 70% new. Deep purple-black in color, it needs a little swirling to unleash its exuberant scents of stewed black plums, black cherry compote and boysenberries, plus hints of tar, sautéed herbs and chargrill. The full-bodied palate packs in the black fruit layers, framed by soft tannins and tons of freshness, finishing long and earthy. (Lisa Perrotti-Brown)
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Chateau Haut-Brion Rouge | Premier Grand Cru Classe 2020 / 750 ml.

Premier Grand Cru Classé
2020 / 750 ml.

Item #: 60415

JD100100 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 3/29/2023
I finished my trip through Bordeaux with the 2020 Château Haut-Brion, and it was certainly a fitting cap to the trip. Revealing a deep ruby/plum hue, the 2020 exhibits extraordinary aromatics of ripe black fruits, scorched earth, cold fireplace, and acacia flowers. An absolute blockbuster on the palate, this structured, full-bodied, massively concentrated Pessac builds incrementally, with ultra-fine tannins, a deep, layered mid-palate, and a great, great finish. Richer and more concentrated than both the 2018 and 2019 (there are some similarities to 2010), this is a legend in the making. The blend is 42.8% Merlot, 39.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the balance Cabernet Franc, all of which will spend 15–18 months in 77% new French oak. Hide bottles for a decade, and it should evolve for 50–75 years. (Jeb Dunnuck)
JS100100 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Wednesday, June 2, 2021
This is a superb Haut-Brion with incredible tannins that are wonderfully fine-grained. It’s really powerful. This is very primary with so much grape-generated tannin structure. Very, very long, going on for minutes. Seductive and friendly at the start and then takes you on at the finish with so much structure. Wine of the vintage? (James Suckling)
RP9999 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 6th Apr 2023
The 2020 Haut-Brion is more aromatically demonstrative than La Mission Haut-Brion, bursting with aromas of blackberries and raspberries mingled with licorice, cigar wrapper, pencil shavings and nicely integrated new oak. Full-bodied, ample and fleshy, it’s rich and layered, with an enveloping core of fruit that’s girdled by plenty of sweet, powdery tannin. Despite checking in at a similarly lofty alcoholic degree to the 2019, its more granular tannic profile tempers the vintage’s sweetness of fruit and lends the wine a more classically proportioned, and more classically structured, profile. (William Kelley)
VN9696 pts. - Vinous - Feb 2023
The 2020 Haut-Brion has a smorgasbord of red and black fruit on the nose, Indian ink and pressed violets, touches of undergrowth (morels?) emerging with time in the glass. There is just a note of reduction here. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins, fresh and saline, with hints of black olive and white pepper. A lingering, very controlled, black pepper tinged finish is very harmonious and understated—remarkable given the 15% alcohol, slightly higher than La Mission. Excellent… but I am not convinced that would put it in the top tier of this First Growth… at least, not yet. (Neal Martin)
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Margaux de Brane 2020 / 750 ml.

2020 / 750 ml.

Item #: 59512

VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Feb 2023
The 2020 Margaux de Brane is a plush, succulent, Margaux to drink now and over the next handful of years. It’s a gorgeous wine at this level. Spice, blood orange, and mint give this mid-weight, open-knit 2020 tons of energy to play off its ripe, racy fruit. (Antonio Galloni)
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Chateau Grand Corbin-Despagne | Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2020 / 750 ml.

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé
2020 / 750 ml.

Item #: 60470

JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, May 14, 2023
A St.-Emilion with a solid core of fruit, fresh herbs, walnuts and hazelnuts. Medium to full body with layers of tannins and a juicy finish. Chewy at the end. 75% merlot, 24% cabernet franc and 1% cabernet sauvignon. From organically grown grapes. Give this three to four years to soften and come together. (James Suckling)
JD9494 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 3/29/2023
Deep ruby/purple-hued, the 2020 Château Grand Corbin-Despagne offers up a perfumed, exotic bouquet of red, blue, and black fruits as well as spicy oak, flowery incense, and sandalwood. Beautifully complex, medium to full-bodied, layered, and elegant on the palate, it has the vintage’s concentration and power while staying light on its feet and graceful. It’s another brilliant 2020 that will benefit from just short-term bottle age and keep for over two decades. (Jeb Dunnuck)
RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 6th Apr 2023
A strong effort, the 2020 Grand Corbin-Despagne wafts from the glass with aromas of sweet blackberries, plums, bay leaf and spices. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and layered, it’s seamless and enveloping, its vibrant core of fruit underpinned by melting tannins. This improving estate is situated on sandy soils over blue clay just across the border from Pomerol. (William Kelley)
SP8989 pts. - Wine Spectator - Dec 5, 2022
This has the dark yet soft-edged ripeness of the vintage, with plum and boysenberry compote notes laced with melted licorice forming the core, while slightly taut alder and cedar threads lace the savory-tinged finish. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2029. 9,000 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. (James Molesworth)
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JS9696 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, February 20, 2022
Plums, currants, pine cones, mushrooms and bark on the nose. Some licorice, too. It’s medium-bodied with tightly knit tannins. Tight and fresh with fantastic tension and drive. Refined and focused. Spicy and lightly salty at the end. Try in 2026.
SP9595 pts. - Wine Spectator - Mar 31, 2022
This delivers a tumble of ripe raspberry, plum and boysenberry fruit flavors, lined with violet, red tea and sweet tobacco notes that add lift and range. The long, racy, chalk-lined finish leaves a pure feel that’s not easy to achieve in this vintage. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2024 through 2038. 7,700 cases made, 3,080 cases imported. (James Molesworth)
RP94+94+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 7th Apr 2022
The 2019 Beau-Séjour Bécot has turned out nicely, wafting from the glass with aromas of cassis, wild berries, raw cocoa, spices and loamy soil. Medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy, it’s deep and layered, with a rich mid-palate that’s underpinned by succulent acids and powdery tannins. Located opposite Château Canon on Saint-Émilion’s limestone plateau, there’s some significant restructuring going on in the vineyards here, and in the cellar, foudres, amphorae and once-used barrels complement new oak: the result is the best wines this estate has produced in the modern era. (William Kelley)
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