This formal, upright wine has solid, dense tannins and is well structured: with acidity and firm fruit, it shows its more opulent side slowly, leading to a smoky finish.
Bright ruby-red. Blackberry, lavender and oak-driven cola, mocha and spices on the nose and palate. Lush, round and mouthfilling, with harmonious acidity restraining the wine's sweetness. Vinous, long wine with impressive focus.
This exceptional wine is presently as impressive as the 2010, but obviously it is much more drinkable. Made from yields of 32 hectoliters per hectare with 14% natural alcohol, this blend of 70% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon reveals some spicy new oak along with lots of vanillin, underbrush, black currants and black cherry jam. Dense ruby/purple-colored and full-bodied with moderate tannin, it is more supple and forward than the 2010. Nevertheless, this big 2008 needs 2-3 years of cellaring and should keep for 15-20 years.
The 2008 Beau-Séjour-Bécot is a blend of 70% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 7 and 22 October. This has a very lively bouquet with blackberry, wild strawberry and hints of Seville orange marmalade, the oak neatly integrated and with just the right amount of spiciness. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine line of acidity, just a little lactic in texture but with great depth and a sense of sensuality towards the persistent finish. Bon vin. (Tasted at the château.)
Crushed blackberry on the nose, with spices and toasty oak. Full-bodied, with lovely sweet fruit and polished, refined tannins. Long and delicious. (Barrell Tasting - 2009)
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