|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv|
|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 MW OBE - 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)
The 2015 Labegorce is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot that was picked between 15 September and 20 October. Cropped at 38 hl/ha and matured in 45% new oak, it has a sumptuous bouquet with macerated black cherries, wild strawberry and a touch of fresh prune. The palate is well balanced and much more reserved than the aromatics: crisp and firm tannin, nicely focused with a pleasing salinity on the structured finish that suggest that this Labegorce will reward long-term ageing. Drink: 2022 - 2045 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2016)
This has a really enticing nose, perfumed but very dark and roasted character. The palate shows lovely full flesh, showing the same toast, grilled almond, coffee ground notes as the nose, with grilled cherry underneath, wrapped up in a supple, accessible structure. This has a really promising, medium-bodied poise, and some fine notes of elegance too. Good energy and grip in the finish. Rating: 15.5-16.5/20 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2016)
Big broad fruit and lots of structure and depth. Quite a chunky Labégorce with a good future. Drinking range: 2021 - 2033 Rating: 90 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2016)
Not much on the nose but very sweet on the palate. An attempt at flattery? Pretty drying tannins on the end. Drinking range: 2023 - 2033 Rating: 16+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2016)
The 2015 Labégorce is dark, plummy and juicy, with lovely textural richness and intensity. This is a decidedly modern style of Margaux, with all the elements in the right place. Today, the new oak (45%) is a bit pronounced, but the wine appears to have the stuffing to support it. The high percentage of Merlot gives an extra degree of sumptuousness that is emphasized in this vintage. Raspberry jam, mint, cinnamon and wild flowers wrap around the succulent finish. The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Rating: 90-92 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2016)
Ripe plum and blackberry compote flavors are very direct, framed by a well-singed cedary edge. This has solid fruit, but it's a bit shy on refinement. Rating: 87—90 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2016)
Wonderful purity of fruit here with blackberry, black currant and floral aromas and flavors. Full body. Fine tannins. Rating: 93-94 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Mar 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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