1996 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)

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Bordeaux, France, Merlot, Red Wine, St. Émilion Grand Cru


Still darkly pitched wine but with some browning at the edges. Nose is all about coffee and blackberry, plum, and earth. Still surprisingly tannic, but I believe this is in a great place right now. I think the tannins will be more long-lived than the fruit, so it’s time to drink this now. I am missing a little bit of the aged St. Emilion truffle character I often detect, but it’s still a great bottle of wine that has a beautifully long finish. Great match for the left overs of some Humboldt fog cheese tonight.

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