Chateau Labegorce 2019
Posted by Admin | Fri 03 Jul 2020 | En Primeur
CHATEAU LABEGORCE 2019 £240.00 per 12 bott
ZR – 17, JD – 93.95; LPB – 89-91; NM – 93-95; JS – 91-92; AG 91-93; JA – 92
Pleas from my last tasting sessions were answered and we eventually got the sample. Labegorce is on a roll and by my calculation one of the great bargains, not only in the commune of Margaux but in the whole of Bordeaux. Bright shiny and purple, jumping out of the glass, decent concentration and focus of autumn fruit. Quite rich on the palate, damsons and blackberry jam. Decent wood balance and fine tannins in the back. This will drink very well from 2025 for some 10 y. Great effort and exceptional value at £240.00 per 12 bott.
The vineyards are on a gravely plateau between Ch. Margaux and Lascombes and I always wonder how come it is that it was not included in the 1855 classification as a GCC. The quality that has been coming out of these cellars since 2010 is certainly higher than number of Chateaux in the commune that have Grand Cru Classe classification. A PROPERTY TO WATCH!
Quintessential Margaux notes of red and blue fruits, sandalwood, flowery incense, and baking spices emerge from the 2019 Château Labégorce. Medium to full-bodied, it has a plush, sexy texture, sweet tannins, and a great finish. A final blend of 46% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and a splash of Petit Verdot that was raised in 40% new French oak, it's going to have loads of upfront appeal yet cruise for two decade or more in cold cellars.
Score: 93 - 95 Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com Maturity: 2020-204030 June 2020
The 2019 Labégorce is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot, harvested from the 19th of September to the 12th of October. It has an alcohol of 14% and is being aged in French oak barrels, 40% new. Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose offers fragrant scents of damp soil, cedar chest, dried lavender and incense over a core of stewed plums, blackcurrant pastilles and chargrill with a waft of dried herbs. The medium-bodied palate is pretty much open for business with bags of juicy black fruit and an approachable chewiness to the texture, finishing savory.
Score: 89 - 91 Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate 18 June 2020
First notice is the finesse of the tannins. This has a satin-like texture and very well judged acidity. The new oak does poke out a little on the finish - if that can be assimilated during its barrel maturation, this could turn into a very serious Margaux. Score: 93 - 95 Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2024-204516 June 2020
A creamy, refined red with currant and berry aromas and flavors. Hints of citrus and chocolate. Medium to full body with ripe, creamy tannins.
Score: 91 - 92 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com 03 June 2020
The 2019 Labégorce is rich, ample and expressive. Dark cherry, tobacco, menthol, new oak, licorice, chocolate and new leather all flesh out as this succulent Margaux shows off its soft curves and overall allure. This is a pretty flashy style, but it works well. This Merlot-rich Margaux Cru Bourgeois hits all the right notes. There is a lot of wine here. Score: 91 - 93 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com 01 June 2020
The largest of the Perrodo estates in Margaux, this is a little heavier set and muscular than the Marquis d'Alesme, extremely accomplished and majoring on coffee beans and tobacco alongside blackcurrant fruits. Enjoyable, a little less signature Margaux that its sibling property but this is a delicious gourmet-edged wine, and a brilliant (relatively) value choice in the appellation. Score: 92 Jane Anson, Decanter.com Maturity: 2025-204020 May 2020