Chateau Joanin Becot, Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux, France, 2008
Low yields of ~30hl/ha, a blend of 75% merlot and 25% cabernet franc, vinified in temperature controlled stainless steel, MLF, then aged in ~65% new oak for ~15 months. Natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, about €16 in France.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas of black cherry and berry, stewed black plums, liquorice, vanilla and a low-key smokiness.
Palate – a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, smooth medium well-integrated tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, with medium (+) intensity flavours of black fruit – sweet cherry, black berry, and over-ripe blueberry, with a dark chocolate note, and a medium (+) length with a slightly gummy finish.
Quality – a good quality wine, with balanced alcohol and acidity, which are in harmony with the intensity of flavour. Of modest complexity and intensity, with some tertiary evolution evident with liquorice and chocolate notes, and a modest length. This wine is drinking now, but will improve with cellaring for a further 2-3 years.