Ch. Beau-Sejour Becot 1989 St. Emilion
6/98. Brought by a friend to a restaurant where we all had an extremely enjoyable evening. I believe this wine costs around $30.
(My contribution was a 1983 Ponsot 'Clos de la Roche', a magnificent wine for which I have already written numerous tasting notes in the past).
My first taste of this St. Emilion "1er Grand Cru Classe B". I understand the Chateau was demoted to 'plain' "Grand Cru" in 1985 but was reinstated as "1er Grand Cru" in 1996.
COLOR: Very good darkish purple-red. Only slightly clearing towards the rim.
NOSE: Profound and developed nose of concentrated black forest-fruit. Some oak and a touch of Rhone-style decay aromas added complexity. Purely enjoyable nose.
TASTE: As fruity and mouthfilling as the nose promised. Extremely tasty and multi-flavored, though no great depth. A sheer pleasure on the palate!
LENGTH: Medium-short but pleasant aftertaste.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Medium weight. Plenty of forward fruit, lots of 'stuffing', excellent acidity and very soft tannins. Perhaps not the most complex of wines but extremely well-balanced and far from simpleton.
OVERALL: Superb! A lovely, pleasurable wine. At its absolute peak now though will hold up some more.
MARK: 18/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Yes.
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