We are always on the lookout for a screaming deal, no matter where it comes from, but it is not often that we find one coming from Bordeaux…except for today. Chateau Marquis d’Aleseme (known in the trade as “Becker”) is an up-and-coming Grand Cru Classe from Margaux that has made serious investments in the vineyard and estate over the last decade. Couple that with the hands of Marjolaine de Conicnck, one of the top women winemakers in Bordeaux, and you have the recipe for magic in the bottle. Jeb Dunnuck boasted that this 2016 has “…loads of crème de cassis, blueberries, graphite, crushed rocks, sandalwood, and violets. Almost Saint Julien in style, this beauty is laser-focused on the palate, medium to full-bodied, brilliantly textured, and has a blockbuster finish.” With praise like this, double 96 points and a price tag under $65 – you simply cannot go wrong. We highly recommend grabbing a couple cases of this e and you’ll be rewarded over the next two decades.
PRE-ARRIVAL - ETA January 2020
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Marquis d'Alesme Becker leaps from the glass with gregarious notions of plum preserves, crème de cassis and Black Forest cake with hints of potpourri, star anise, menthol and tapenade. Full, rich, firm and grainy, with fantastic freshness lifting the densely packed palate, it has a long, beautifully fragrant finish
Talk about a gem in the vintage, I was blown away by the 2016 Château Marquis d'Alesme Becker on each of the three times I was able to taste it. This estate has been on an undeniable roll since the arrival of Marjolaine de Conicnck in 2009, and the 2016 is unquestionably the best yet. A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and the rest Cabernet Franc, brought up in 65% new French oak, its deep purple color is followed by an essence of Cabernet bouquet that includes loads of crème de cassis, blueberries, graphite, crushed rocks, sandalwood, and violets. Almost Saint Julien in style, this beauty is laser-focused on the palate, medium to full-bodied, brilliantly textured, and has a blockbuster finish. It deserves 4-5 years of bottle age and will keep for 25-30 years. Bravo!