2015 Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux
|Grapes||Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Merlot|
|Classification||Cru Bourgeois Supérieur|
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Fresh and silky, a little subtlety here. Sweetness coolly expressed in restrained and pure black fruit. Some middle with real flavour depth and floral red fruit lift, an attractive easy, super-supple wine with a good flavoury finish. Very attractive and should drink well quite early - say from 2020 - but will hold well too. Likely to be a value buy. Rating: 91-92 L&S (Apr 2016)
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Dried-mushroom and dark-fruit character. Some flowers, too. Full body, round and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Big and chewy. Yet finishes beautifully. Fantastic. Drinking range: 2022 - Rating: 94 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Feb 2018)
Sweetly fragrant. Rather bloody and assertive. A little chunkier/stodgier than classic Margaux. Not charming yet! Drinking range: 2024 - 2035 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Nov 2017)
This is one of the bigger, richer Margaux wines in 2015, with plenty of tannic backbone and fruit concentration. But it’s certainly not without the charm of appellation, with vibrant acidity and harmonious red and black fruits. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (May 2016)
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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