2018 Château Joanin Bécot Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux
The Collective Review
'One of the best Joanin-Bécots I can remember tasting - this is rippling with fruit and is full of the easy pleasure that you want from a Castillon.' Jane Anson, Decanter Hidden Gem
Joanin Becot is located at some of the highest elevations along the Gironde in the Cotes de Castillon and make wine from very low yields, using their brand new cellar door facilty.
Thomas Duclos is the consultant, rising star in Bordeaux, willing to introduce a new still in Bordeaux with earlier picking in the vineyards and looks for the most precise expression of each terroirs.
A bright style, featuring damson plum and floral notes, flecked with herb accents and lined with a light sandalwood twinge. Very pure and pretty.' Read more
A bright style, featuring damson plum and floral notes, flecked with herb accents and lined with a light sandalwood twinge. Very pure and pretty.'
One of the best Joanin-Bécots I can remember tasting - this is rippling with fruit and is full of the easy pleasure that you want from a Castillon. This is the second vintage with Thomas Duclos as consultant and the first with new technical director Jean de Connick. As an aside, all the tractor drivers and vineyard workers live on the vineyard both here and at Beausejour Bécot, so they worked when needed to ensure protection against mildew and later the heat, which helped hugely in preserving their 50hl/ha yields from clay-limestone soils.'
Chocolate mint, licorice, black cherry and smoke are easy to spot. There is volume with layers of ripe, dense, black fruits along with a touch of fig, dark cocoa and espresso bean. Fleshy, long and rich, this is clearly the best Joanin Becot ever. The blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc is aging in a combination of 50% new, French oak barrels, 25% in vat, 15% in amphora and 10% in one year old barrels.'
A light and fruity red with pretty, crushed berry and cherry character. Very fine tannins. Medium body. Clean finish. 30 per cent amphora. Fun.'
The 2018 Joanin Becot is blended of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, with the Merlot harvested September 24-27 and the Cabernet Franc picked on October 11. Yields were 46 hectoliters per hectare, and aging is set to occur in 50% new barriques, 25% in vats, 15% in amphorae and 10% in one-year-old barrels. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with opulent, open-knit scents of exotic spicesùstar anise, fenugreek and cumin seedùover a core of plum preserves, baked cherries and blueberry compote with touches of bouquet garni, tilled soil and dark chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers loads of rich, plushly textured black and blue fruit with an array of spicy sparks and a long finish.'