2011 Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux
|Grapes||Cab Franc, Merlot, Cab Sauv|
|Classification||Cru Bourgeois Supérieur|
Tastes very natural, as though made of warm fruit on a hot summer's day. Nice nose of creamy ripe blackberry. Soft and cushiony, dry oak (tight grain) giving a little tug; easy. Well-done if a little warm and drying. This new team are proving the promise they showed in the 2010. Rating: 91-91 L&S (Apr 2012)
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Nathalie Perrodo brought her father's dream to reality with the 2010, the 'first' vintage from the newly reunited Labégorce vineyards, after they had spent a couple of centuries split into three. The Labégorce vineyard seems to have been named after an Abbé Gorsse, but the truth is somewhat shrouded in mystery. Feret, in his edition of 1865, mentions the existence of the noble La Bégorce house in Margaux from 1332. The estate was split into three after the revolution. The part that was named Labégorce Zédé in 1840 was reintegrated for the first time since then in 2010. Hubert Perrodo bought Labégorce in 1989, and the buildings of l'Abbé Gorsse de Gorsse in 2002 (the vineyard of this one escaped him, bought by Château Margaux). But his dream of re-uniting the historic Labégorce estate after he bought Labégorce Zédé in 2005 was cut short by his death in a ski-ing accident at Courchevel in 2006. After a couple of years of reflection, his twenty-five year-old daughter Nathalie has taken up the challenge of continuing his work, directing this really quite large domaine which also includes the fifteen hectares of the Cru Classé Château Marquis d'Alesme.
Made from a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that hit 14% natural alcohol, the excellent 2011 is a sleeper of the vintage. Textured, with soft tannins, lots of black currant and black cherry fruit, surprising density and a velvety finish, it should drink well for a decade or more. 2012 - 2022 Rating: 88-90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2012)
A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot aged in 40% new oak. It has an attractive, typical Margaux-like bouquet with fine minerality and deftly integrated oak. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, not a heavyweight or opulent Margaux but it is supremely focused with a delectable, feminine poised finish that is fresh and natural. Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Apr 2012)
Dark, dark cherry and black core. Oak char. Ripe and floral, both red and dark fruit. Fluid but tails off a bit to a flat finish. Starts better than it finishes. Pretty drying at the very end. 2017-2026 Rating: 15.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2012)
Good ripe blackcurrant fruit, richly textured and well-balanced, combining elegance and power. Drink 2015-2025. Rating: 16 www.decanter.com (Apr 2012)
A good, winey core of cassis and blackberry is framed by a noticeable plum skin edge that is in turn offset by polished toast. Modern and direct in style. Rating: 88-91 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2012)
Pretty concentrated for a Margaux in 2011 (a year when the appellation underperformed), this has notes of fig, bramble and cassis, plenty of liquorice and sweet spice, dense tannins, age worthy structure and good polish and texture. Continues the château’s rich vein of form since 2009. 12+ years. Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Apr 2012)
This could be better in 2011 than 2009. Perhaps its because of new management team at estate. Full and dense with silky tannins and a long finish. Well done. Rating: 90-91 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2012)
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