One of just 13 1er Grand Cru Classés of St Emilion and with 97 Points from Wine Advocate, this is a star of the vintage. Already showing off its lovely ripe fruits, layered with fragrances of spice, lavender and earth, but with so much more to give.
Originally part of Château Beau Séjour Bécot, the estates were divided between the owner's two children in 1869. Its 6.5 hectare of vineyards lie on the Côte of Saint Emilion, on the edge of the limestone plateau, adjoining Château Canon to the east. Since the 2009 vintage, it has been under the management of heavyweights Nicolas Thienpoint and Stéphane Derenoncourt and quality has soared. Improvements in trellising and drainage in the vineyard, replanting vines more densely, lower yields, as well as organic viticultural methods. Equally radical changes have occured in the cellar with block by block fermentation and outstanding results. That includes this high point 2017, aged 18 months in 75% new oak. The 2017 deserves time in the cellar.
"Crushed black and red plums, black cherries and black raspberries plus wafts of potpourri, lavender"
Wine Advocate 97 Points
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