2012 Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux
|Grapes||Cab Franc, Merlot, Cab Sauv|
|Classification||Cru Bourgeois Supérieur|
We have keenly followed this good value Margaux estate for the last few vintages. And so it was with great anticipation that we tasted it at the immaculate chateau as they hosted the Margaux UGC tasting this year. Rich, really very ripe plum and raspberry fruit dominate this until a quite firm dense hard core slows the flow, there are some nice creamy parts to this but it dries out a little on the leafy almost green finish. It was widely tasted very well as you can see by the critics notes - perhaps our expectatons were just too high on the day.. L&S (Mar 2017)
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Vibrant, with a racy, well-stitched core of damson plum, raspberry and blackberry fruit supported by fruitcake and graphite notes. Displays range and energy. Solid. Rating: 89-92 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator
A red berry-soaked nose and a black berry-soaked palate - fascinating, sumptuous and forward. Rating: 17 Matthew Jukes
Very dark, intense colour. Sweet and lifted. The acceptable face of sweet 2012? Lots of energy and punch plus refreshment. Well-integrated Merlot and Cabernet. Real depth and length. Polished. Super appetising. Lots of winemaking effort here. 2022 - 2035. Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com
Lots of richly extracted fruit, quite broad and plummy, still with Margaux lift and charm. Drink: 2016 - 2024. Rating: 16.5 Steven Spurrier
Rating: 87 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com
A major sleeper of the vintage, the 2012 is a Labegorce that finally reflects the investments and change of staff and ownership that had held so much promise. A dense ruby/purple hue is followed by abundant notes of black currants, blackberries, licorice, a foresty/underbrush character and a hint of smoke. It also possesses a medium-bodied, silky texture. Drink it over the next 10-12 years. The final blend was 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Moreover, the new owners declassified 50% of the production into a second wine. 2013 - 2025 Rating: 88-90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com
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