On the toasty side, with flashes of vanilla and mocha, but there's ample fleshy plum sauce and currant preserve flavors at the core, along with lingering notes of anise and violet on the finish. Best from 2019 through 2025. (JM)
A year in, year out value that should be bought by readers is the 2015 Château Joanin Becot and it’s 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc from the Côtes de Castillon region of Bordeaux. It boasts a deep ruby/purple color as well as medium to full-bodied notes of ripe dark fruits, licorice, toasted bread, and spice. With a rounded, sexy, mouth-filling style and no hard edges, it’s a terrific value to enjoy over the coming decade.
The 2015 Joanin Becot is blended of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, aged on the lees in 60% new and 40% one-year-old barrels for 16 months. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it opens with crushed red cherries and black raspberries on the nose with nuances of underbrush and bay leaves. The mouth is full, rich and a little rustic with firm, chewy tannins and a long, earthy finish. (LPB)
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