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2010 Chateau Joanin Becot

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Rating
90 Pts Wine Spectator

Color
Red

Size
750 mL

ABV
14.5%

Closure Type
Cork

Vintage
2010

Varietal(s)
Merlot, Cabernet Franc


Organic

BioDynamic

Collectable

Kosher

Sparkling

Dessert


Taste

currant, black cherry, plum, bell pepper, olive, oak, smoke, toast, tar, tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper and green bean

Nose

violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, tobacco, broccoli, berry and flower

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Wine Spectator:

"A supple, polished, modern style, relying on creamy, mocha-tinged toast, gentle plum and blackberry fruit flavors before finishing with a lingering cocoa edge. Should stretch out nicely with modest cellaring. Drink now through 2018. -JM" (03/13)

Neal Martin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Joanin Becot has a simple bouquet with raspberry and balsamic scents that open and muster more vigour with time, the oak nicely integrated and revealing floral tones. The palate is medium-bodied with a tannic, masculine entry. This is very structured with a dry finish, but it is balanced and poised and will benefit from several years in the cellar. Tasted January 2014." (01/14)

James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com:

"Fresh spicy nose with coffee, red plums and cranberry. Some vanilla, nutmeg and white pepper. Crushed chalk behind the fruit. Vibrant and juicy red fruit on the palate with ripe tannins and good length. Medium-full body. Try in 2015." (03/13)

Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"Always one of the better wines from his surprisingly value-laden appellation, the Joanin-Becot’s 2010 Cotes de Castillon (tipping the scales at 14.5% natural alcohol) has supple, sweet black cherry and blackberry fruit with hints of licorice, underbrush and subtle smoky oak. This round, generous wine, made from 32 hectoliters per hectare, is a final blend of about three-fourths Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc. It can be drunk now or cellared for up to 7-8 years." (02/14)

Stephen Tanzer - Vinous Media:

"(a 75/25 blend of merlot and cabernet franc): Bright dark red. Musky aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, menthol, flowers and spicy oak. Rather suave and fine-grained, with red fruit, coffee and mocha flavors complicated by sweet oak and underbrushy soil tones. Finishes with a positive herbal element, good ripe acidity and substantial lush, building tannins." (08/13)

Product Description:

"First bottle extremely TCA affected. Second bottle: Mid crimson. Real life to this. Not that concentrated and an early bird but good balance despite lack of intensity. Welcome freshness. Drink 2017 to 2025. (JR)" (01/14) 16 out of 20 points, Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages

VINEYARD:
"Appellation : Cotes de Castillon. Situation : 300 metres to the west of Saint-Philippe D'Aiguilhe. Surface area : 11,57 hectares. Soil : Chalky clay with fossilised starfish. Type : Saint-Emilion plateau type. Grape varieties : 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc. Planting density : 5200 vines / ha. New plantings : 6200 vines / ha. Average age of vines : 35 years. Vineyard management : Bordeaux-style pruning, leaving two basic branches (Cordeau), leaf removal carried out twice, green fruit removal. Harvest by hand. Yields : 25 to 35 hl / ha."

WINEMAKING:
"Fruit screening on three separate tables. (2 before de-stemming, 1 after). Vatting : in stainless steel, temperature-controlled, 72 hl vats. Processing of fruit plot by plot. The floating crust is regularly immersed in the must by hand. Cold steeping of fruit for 5 days before fermentation (12 degrees Celsius) Vatting period of approximately 30 days. (between 28 and 32 degrees C). The wine is run-off into barrels without using pumps."

AGEING:
"Between 16 and 18 months. Late malolactic fermentation in Spring 70 % in new barrels, 30 % in one-year-old barrels. Production : approximately 49,000 bottles. Consultant œnologist : Jean-Philippe Fort. Second wine : Le secret de Joanin." -Winery

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