Good red-ruby. Jammy blueberry, espresso, licorice, mocha, menthol and nutty oak on the nose. Fat, rich, deep and sweet but with nicely integrated acidity giving the wine shape and firmness. Unusually powerful for this Cotes de Castillon wine, which really coats the palate on the aftertaste. Has a firm acid/tannin spine for slow evolution in bottle. (ST)
Joanin-Bécot is one of the most reliable and consistently excellent wines from the Côtes de Castillon, and all the credit has to go to the inspired work of Juliette Bécot. The gorgeous 2005 is just now coming into its plateau of maturity, where it should easily stay for a decade or more. With super-ripe black cherry, raspberry and blackcurrant fruit interwoven with incense, licorice and a touches of espresso roast and spice, this full-bodied, opulent, lusciously constructed wine is a beauty of purity and symmetry as well as depth and texture. Drink it over the next decade or more. It is a sleeper of the vintage. (RP)
A powerful example of modern Bordeaux with its blackberry-packed flavors, ripe tannins and dark, solid, concentrated fruit. Spice, wood aromas and pepper complete this dense wine. (RV)
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