GSM, Beckmen 'Cuvee le Bec'
With a little more Syrah in the blend in the 2019 vintage – 51% Syrah, 38% Grenache, 6% Mourvedre, 5% Counoise – the wine has a darker profile compared to the 2018 vintage. Black and blue fruits, licorice, violets, and pepper aromas lead the way in this outstanding vintage of Cuvee le Bec. A cooler vintage brings some fantastic structure and acidity, where the blackberry, dark cherry, licorice, pepper, and roasted herbs are complex and long on the palate. A terrific follow-up to the incredible 2018 vintage, the 2019 is in the same class and perhaps even a bit higher in quality. Drinking great now, the 2019 Cuvee le Bec will age beautifully over the next 12-15 years.
There are 6 different Syrah clones and 3 different Grenache clones. The Syrah portion was handpicked and hand sorted on the sorting line and each individual clone was fermented with native yeast. The Grenache, Mourvedre, and Counoise were not sorted but they were fermented individually.
On skins from 7-18 days depending on the lot − 15% new French oak 60-gallon barrels, 85% neutral French oak barrels and puncheon.