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|One of the references in the Crus Bourgeois category, Labégorce is a modern and subtle Margaux wine with a strong identity. The Château has made the most of the 2010 vintage, producing a well-structured wine with dark fruit, spices and nice tannins that provide a great balance and a lovely finish. In short, very high quality here for this great value Margaux.|
|Wine Characteristics||Tasting and cellaring|
|Domain||Château Labégorce||Eye||Bright dark garnet|
|Vintage||2010||Nose||Red fruits and spices|
|Appellation||Margaux Cru Bourgeois||Mouth||Medium-bodied wine, round and fresh with ripe lively fruits|
|Area||Bordeaux||and sweet tannins on the finish|
|Grapes||Cabernet Sauvignon (45%) Merlot (45%)||Drink before||2025|
|Cabernet Franc (6%) Petit Verdot (4%)||Open||2 hours before|
|Pair it with a nice and juicy grilled beef on the bone and chocolate pudding|
|A word about the domain|
|Hubert Perrodo bought Châteaux Labégorce and Labégorce-Zédé in 2006 but never really had a chance to make a history of it as he tragically died a few months later in a ski accident. However, his daughter Nathalie, in her late 20's at the time, took over and she did what her father had planned: merge the two vineyards in one under the name Labégorce and turn it into a reference in the Crus Bourgeois category.|
|What experts say|
|About the domain|
Bettane & Dessauve: 2* (Serious and consistent production)
La Revue du Vin de France: 1*
About the wine
Jancis Robinson: 16.5+ (tasted in Nov 2012)
"Dark-fruited intensity. Plenty of oak spice but the fruit shines through, though there's a very slight bitterness on the dry finish. Tight and furled and well balanced even though it is pretty closed now. (JH)."
Robert Parker: 87 (Wine Advocate #205, Feb 2013)
"A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this wine exhibits sweet tannin, medium body and blue and black fruits intermixed with underbrush, licorice, cedar and spice box in a medium-bodied, elegant style with moderate tannin. Forget it for several years and Drink it over the following decade."
Wine Spectator: 89 (Issue: Web Only - 2013)
"Slightly chunky in style, displaying a firm, singed apple wood frame to the core of plum and anise notes. Medium-weight, with a flash of briar on the finish. A bit shy on stuffing in the end, as the firm toast wins out."
Decanter: 17 (April 2011)
“Deep, robust, slightly leathery cassis fruit, good freshness and clarity that gives lift to the natural weight, very satisfying wine."
Bettane & Dessauve: 15
|And finally for the wine geeks…|
|Soil type||Fine sandy-gravelly soils rich in clays and silts with chalky outcrops|
|Age of the vines||30 years old|
|Maturing||Oak barrels (60% new barrels)|
|Aging||14 months in barrels|