Robert Parker 94+ Points
My favorite Beau-Sejour-Becot to date, this sumptuous, dense blue/purple-hued 2009 reveals a blockbuster nose of blueberry pie, black fruits, licorice, forest floor, spring flowers and a hint of mocha. A blend of 70% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon made from tiny yields of 27 hectoliters per hectare, this big, inky, powerful, tannic wine is sensationally concentrated. With an unctuous texture, full-bodied power and tremendous levels of tannin (largely concealed behind a cascade of rich fruit), this is a fabulous effort from a beautifully situated St.-Emilion premier grand cru classe. It will need 5-8 years of cellaring, and should keep for three decades.
Wine Spectator 93-96 Points
Blueberry, licorice and floral aromas follow through to a full body, with a beautiful core of fruit and a long, fine finish. Layered and gorgeous.
Neal Martin's Wine Journal 92-94 Points
Tasted at the Saint Emilion UGC, the Cabernet shows very well on the nose that has impressive clarity and precision: blackberry, black plum, crushed stone and a touch of graphite. Very good lift from the glass. The palate is very harmonious with silky tannins, succulent red-berried fruit, graphite and a touch of spice on the finish that fans out nicely across the palate. This is a superb Becot that will drink well for 15-20 years. Tasted March 2010.
Jancis Robinson 16.5/20 Points
Rich, dark fruits on the nose, with a hint of smoked meat. Very thick and sweet and Napa Valley-like. Super-sweet. Perhaps difficult to match with food but it has been well made. Thick and drying and hard work. Very drying finish. Tarry. Date tasted 30th March 2010. Drink 2015-2027.
Decanter 18/20 Points
Has all the characteristics expected of this consistent cru - deep colour, generous fruit, seductive aroma and firm but refined tannic frame. Drink 2016-2035.