Château Beau-Séjour Bécot is considered a savvy en primeur buy. It bridges the divide in Saint-Émilion between the value-oriented Grands Crus and the high-flying aristocrats of the region. A 1er Grand Cru Classé 'B', Beau-Séjour Bécot is classified on par with Canon and Figeac, yet far less expensive than either. As a result, it often flies under the radar. Over the past few years, however, it has made great strides, gaining ground on its illustrious neighbours. The 20 hectare vineyard is roughly 73% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines average 45 years of age, but with some parcels over 70 years old. The estate is located on the limestone plateau of Saint-Émilion with a terroir of clay that has deep, limestone soils. Below the surface there is an endless array of limestone tunnels and quarries, which definitely contributes to making the wine so special.