Labégorce 2010


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Tasting Notes

Tasted at the UGC tasting in London. The Labégorce is ripe and generous on the voluptuous nose that is still partying like its 2009. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe, grippy tannins. There is plenty of tarry fruit that belie what is a firm backbone, whilst the finish demonstrates firm grip and persistency. Excellent. Tasted November 2012.

Score: 92Neal Martin,, February 2013

A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this wine exhibits sweet tannin, medium body and blue and black fruits intermixed with underbrush, licorice, cedar and spice box in a medium-bodied, elegant style with moderate tannin. Forget it for several years and Drink it over the following decade.

I had hoped this wine would show slightly better, as things are clearly on the upswing at this large estate in the Margaux appellation. (The property includes the vineyards of the now-defunct Labegorce-Zede, which have been incorporated into Labegorce.)

Score: 87Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013

This is the debut vintage for consultant Claude Gros and the quality is the finest I have ever tasted from this estate. (Beginning in 2009, the neighboring estate of Labegorce Zede was incorporated into Labegorce.) Made from a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that hit 14% natural alcohol, this sleeper of the vintage reveals a dense purple color in addition to abundant notes of charcoal, spring flowers, black currants and subtle smoky barrique in the background. Medium to full-bodied and ripe with sweet tannin, this beauty should drink nicely for a decade or more.

Score: 88/90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

The Labegorce 2010 has a ripe, opulent bouquet of macerated dark cherries, cassis and boysenberry with moderate definition. The palate is medium-bodied with silky smooth tannins, good acidity and tension towards the finish with dark cherry, cedar and blueberry. Nice focus and poise. Excellent. Tasted April 2011.

Score: 90/92Neal Martin,, April 2011

Best ever from here with a blackberry and licorice. Full and velvety with loads going on. Mega

Score: 92/93James Suckling,, April 2011

So deep and black and dense! Sweet and thick and creamy. Very flattering indeed but a bit extreme. Demanding, rather jagged tannins on the end. Some tarriness. Very marked tannins.

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2011

This Chateau has been amalgamated with neighbour Labegorce Zedé and produces good value mid-weight Margaux. Only 45% Cabernet Sauvignon with 45% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot in 50% new oak. Quite spicy on the nose and lots of warm ripe fruit on the palate. The finish seems a bit short and tannic but it probably need time to gel together.

Score: 15Farr Vintners, April 2011

There does not seem to be a lot of fruit showing on the nose and the palate lacks richness of flavour. The sweet cassis that does show towards the back is overtaken by tannic firmness.

Score: 85/89Derek Smedley MW, April 2011

Score: 86Tim Atkin MW,, April 2011

Deep, robust, slightly leathery cassis fruit, good freshness and clarity that gives lift to the natural weight, very satisfying wine. Drink 2015-25.

Score: 17Steven Spurrier,, April 2011

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