2014 Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux
|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc|
|Classification||Cru Bourgeois Supérieur|
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. This is an attractive effort. Good deep, quite rich fruit - a suedy feel of nicely succulent tannin and just a whiff of wood-spice. Quite pretty but for the shortish term. Rating: 90 L&S (Mar 2015)
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The 2014 Labégorce has a crisp well defined bouquet with blackberry and raspberry fruit, cedar and pressed flowers, and hints of pressed rose petals. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, fine acidity, harmonious with a mixture of red and black fruit towards the tender finish. I love the texture here. This is a sublime Margaux from a rejuvenated estate. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2021 - 2040 Rating: 93 Neal Martin, vinous.com(Mar 2018)
Dark crimson. Round, sweet and forward. Rather a strumpet but offering lots of cocoa pleasure. Long. Drinking range: 2023 - 2034 Rating: 16+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Feb 2018)
The 2014 Labégorce is one those "dark horses" of the vintage, a wine that has a prosperous future. It has a lovely, very pure and sensual bouquet with lifted redcurrant and wild strawberry scents that really evoke the essence of Margaux. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well -udged acidity, good concentration with a satisfying raspberry preserve-infused finish that demonstrates superb persistence. I adored this Labégorce from barrel and now in bottle it does nothing to disprove my initial enthusiasm. Top Margaux ahoy! Drinking range: 2019 - 2035 Rating: 93-93 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Mar 2017)
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.
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