(3/31/2019) "One of the best Joanin-Becots I can remember tasting - this is rippling with fruit and is full of the easy pleasure that you want from a Castillon. This is the second vintage with Thomas Duclos as consultant and the first with new technical director Jean de Connick. As an aside, all the tractor drivers and vineyard workers live on the vineyard both here and at Beausejour Becot, so they worked when needed to ensure protection against mildew and later the heat, which helped hugely in preserving their 50hl/ha yields from clay-limestone soils. Drinking Window 2022 - 2036."
(3/11/2021) "Emerging from the team of Beau-Sejour Becot, the 2018 Chateau Joanin Becot is based on 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc coming from the limestone soils of the Cotes de Castillon region. Lots of black cherry and redcurrant fruit as well as leafy herbs, dried flowers, chalky minerality, and camphor emerge on the nose. This carries to a medium-bodied, seamless 2018 with terrific overall balance, ripe yet present tannins, and outstanding length on the finish. Tasting like a topflight Saint-Emilion, it will benefit from a year or so in the cellar and impress for at least a decade. Readers looking for a brilliant Right Bank wine to put in the cellar should jump on this beauty. Maturity: 2021 - 2033."
(1/31/2021) "A very pretty, subtle red with berry, meat and chocolate aromas that follow through to a medium body with round, creamy tannins and a delicious finish. 30% amphora. Very fine and drinkable now."
(3/2021) "The 2018 Joanin Becot is a very pretty wine marked by strong Cabernet Franc aromatics. Crushed red berry, mint, raspberry, sage and dried flowers all grace a mid-weight, silky Cotes de Castillon that is more about savory nuance than power. Drink it over the next decade or so. Drinking Window: 2021 - 2028."