The 1998 exhibits flamboyant, obvious new oak, but unlike other years, there is more concentration, power, and depth behind the vanillin/pain grille notes. Full-bodied, dense, and chewy, with copious peppery, herb-tinged, red currant, black currant, and blackberry fruit, this is a lush, generously-endowed offering with a lightly tannic finish. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2016.
The Château Beau-Sejour Becot is one of the few wine estates that survived the French Revolution. With the persistence of its family owners, the Château remained intact and continued to produce exceptional wines that placed the Bordeaux region on the map. Located at the western part of the medieval town of Saint Emilion, the wine estate used to be owned by the monks of St. Martin Abbey. It was named Beau-Sejour in 1787 by General Jacques de Carle, its proprietor back then.
Centuries later, the estate was bought by Michel Becot in 1969 and underwent extensive modernisation. Becot handed over the estate to his two sons in 1985, Dominique and Gerard, whose daughter eventually managed the estate. Things also changed in 2014 when Juliette Becot and Julien Barthe, her husband, completely took charge of the Château and the Becot family’s other wine estates.