Chateau beausejour Becot
The 18.5 hectare vineyard of Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot, located on the limestone plateau of St. Emilion has a terroir of clay with limestone soils. The vineyard of Beau-Sejour Becot grew in size in 2012. The increase in size was due to the inclusion of the vines previously used by their other St. Emilion estate, La Gomerie. The vineyard is planted to 70% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon with vines that are close to 40 years of age. The Right Bank vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,200 vines per hectare.
To vinify the wine of Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot, the grapes are table sorted three times. A portion of the grapes are whole berry fermented. Vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks ranging in size from 80 to 100 hectoliters following a 4 day cold maceration. Microbullage is performed during fermentation. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel with the first four months spent on the post-malo lees. The wine of Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot is aged in 75% new French oak that comes from five different coopers. The wine is aged in barrel for between 18 to 20 months. Michel Rolland is the consultant.

The property produces close to 6,000 cases of Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot each year. There is a second wine, Tournelle de Beau-Sejour Becot, which was renamed in 2012 to Petit Becot by Beau-Sejour. This is a great style of St. Emilion combing richness, soft textures and minerality. 2005 and 2009 are the finest vintages yet produced by Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot.

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