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Chateau Labegorce History, Overview
Chateau Labegorce, like many chateaus in Bordeaux, takes its name from one of the estate’s early owners, the Grosse family, who held an interest in the land that dates back all the way back to the 14th century. For centuries prior to the French Revolution, Chateau Labegorce was a truly massive estate. In fact, it was one of the bigger properties at the time in the Medoc.
The lands of their Margaux estate were ordered to be divided during the French Revolution. This division created three separate estates. This included Chateau Labegorce, what later became Labegorce Zede, and the tiny property, L’Abbe Grosse de Grosse.
However, the vineyards of Chateau Labegorce remained the largest of the three Margaux properties. The beautiful, classic chateau of Labegorce was constructed in 1821.
Chateau Labegorce The Modern Age
Chateau Labegorce passed through a myriad of owners before it was most recently bought by the Perrodo family in 1989. Hubert Perrodo fell in love with Bordeaux and especially the Margaux appellation.
While wine held a big interest for Hubert Perrodo, his real interest in Bordeaux came after spending time in the appellation enjoying polo matches that were held at neighboring Chateau Giscours, which is also located in Margaux.
Hubert Perrodo set out with the goal to reunite all three vineyards of the original Labegorce estate. He purchased L’Abbe Grosse de Grosse in 2002. However, Hubert Perrodo was only able to buy the chateau and some land. The vineyards were sold to Chateau Margaux. He completed the final piece of the puzzle when he bought Labegorce Zede in 2005.
All three vineyards were once again merged into one large vineyard. Sadly, Hubert Perrodo was killed in a skiing accident the following year after realizing his dream of recreating the original Labegorce vineyard.
2008 was the final vintage of Chateau Labegorce Zede. Today, the Left Bank estate of Chateau Labegorce is owned and managed by the daughter of Hubert Perrodo, Nathalie Perrodo.
Nathalie Perrodo also manages all of the family’s other Medoc Bordeaux properties, which are also located in the Margaux appellation, Chateau Marquis d’Alesme, which is situated across the road from Chateau Lascombes and Chateau tour de Mons. Delphine Kolasa is the director of communications for the property. Marjolaine de Coninck is the technical director for all the Perrodo estates.
Chateau Labegorce Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 65-hectare vineyard of Chateau Labegorce is planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. This represents a change in the vineyard as the percentage of Merlot has been increased. The size of the vineyard has also expanded from 36 hectares to 53 hectares.
The vines are planted to a density of 9,000 vines per hectare. On average the vines are 30 years of age. However, there are old vines at Chateau Labegorce.
They have old vines. A sizable portion of the vineyard was planted during the 1950s and there is a section of vines that is over 100 years of age! The terroir of Chateau Labegorce is composed of mostly gravel, clay, sand, and some sand mixed with limestone soil. However, as you might expect, it is a bit more complicated here.
Located just north of the Margaux village, you can divide the vineyard into 3 main sections with their best parcel of vines located closest to the chateau, this is where you find their highest elevations and deepest gravel soils. They also have vines on the other side of the D2 highway, as well as vines planted in terroir with higher levels of clay. This is where you find their Merlot.
Chateau Labegorce Winemaking
Vinification of Chateau Labegorce takes place in a combination of cement tanks and stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank and vat. The wine is aged in 50% new French oak barrels for an average of 15 months.
There is a second wine, Zede de Labegorce. As you can surmise, the name for the second wine took its inspiration from Labegorce Zede. The average annual production of Chateau Labegorce is about 12,000 cases of wine per year. Since 2009, Chateau Labegorce has been showing improvements in their wine, vintage after vintage. 2015 seems to be the best vintage yet for Chateau Labegorce!
The best vintages of Chateau Labegorce are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010 and 2009. However, it should be noted that starting with the 2015 vintage, the level of quality at Chateau Labegorce made a huge leap, with the estate now making the best wines in the history of the property.
When to Drink Chateau Labegorce, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Labegorce can be tasted young with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1-3 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Chateau Labegorce is usually better with at least 7 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Labegorce offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 8 and 20 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Labegorce, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Labegorce is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau Labegorce is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Labegorce is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheese.
Château Labégorce Wine Tasting Notes
14 Vintages 121,701 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2020||Château Labégorce (Margaux)|
Deeply colored, the wine pops with cigar box, truffle, cedar, currants, licorice and spice on the nose. Full-bodied, rich, lush, intense, long and energetic, the round, attention seeking finish lingers with its layers of ripe, fresh, showy, blackberries and chocolate notes. Today, it is hard to find a better wine for the money in the ever-increasingly expensive Margaux appellation. Give it 5-7 years in the cellar and enjoy it over the following two decades. 93-95 Pts
2,039 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2019||Château Labégorce (Margaux)|
Wet earth, spice, tobacco leaf, oak, smoke, black and red fruits are the first things one notices, but not the last. The wine is rich, refined, elegant and fresh. The fruit is ripe, pure and vibrant. The energy, length and delicious, ripe, sweet fruit and spice in the finish is a treat. Today, it is hard to find a better wine for the money in the ever-increasingly expensive Margaux appellation. The wine is a blend of 45% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot that reached 14 alcohol. The wine is aging in 40% new, French oak. 92-94 Pts
5,391 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Château Labégorce (Margaux)|
The gorgeous perfume, with its wet earth, spice, smoke, flowers, red berries and espresso is a knockout! The wine is plush, rich and plump, with a long finish loaded with polished, sweet red fruits and silky textures. This should age for at least 2 decades easily. The wine blends 50% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. 94 Points
2,958 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
With flowers, smoke, licorice, crème de cassis, thyme and earth, this wine has freshness, definition and fabulous character with ripe, silky tannins and a generous finish. A blend of 50% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 14% alcohol. 93-95 Pts
8,296 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Labégorce (Margaux)|
Floral, black raspberry, espresso and earthy notes initiate a fresh, round, forward wine. This is soft, medium bodied with elegant textures and a sweet, ripe, fruity finish. Made from a blend of 46% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot, the wine reached13% alcohol. Thirty percent of the harvest was hit with frost. 92 Points
6,454 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Labégorce (Margaux)|
Flowers, tobacco, wet earth, smoke, and fresh fruits, the wine is elegant, round, lush and polished, There is volume, length and character. There is a lot to like here, especially when you consider how little the wine sells for. 93 Points
6,672 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Floral, black raspberry and just the right amount of dark chocolate on the nose, this wine is deeply colored with ripe, dark cherries, full body and a dusty, fruit filled finish. This could be the best vintage yet for Labegorce, as it offers length, volume and freshness. Made from a blend of 52% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.7 and is being aged in 50% new, French oak barrels. 92 Points
14,786 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Labégorce (Margaux)|
Coming on strong, all the polished, sexy cherry plum and floral notes are easy to find. Polished and rich on the palate, there is a lot to like here. 92 Points
6,811 Views Tasted Jul 12, 2017
This wine is easily the best vintage ever produced at Chateau Labegorce. Showing a good depth of color and serving up spicy plums, cherries, licorice and wet earth, it's soft, polished and loaded with even more licorice, dark chocolate and juicy, ripe, black cherries in a forward, style. Made from a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine is aging in 50% new, French oak barrels. 90 - 92 Pts
6,212 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2016
|2014||Château Labégorce (Margaux)|
Soft textures, earthy, red fruits, flowers cherries and thyme with a medium/full body has improved from barrel to bottling. 91 Points
4,368 Views Tasted Jun 25, 2017
This wine is packed with ripe plums, cherries and a hint of thyme. The sense of softness in the texture readies you for an elegant, chocolate, espresso bean and fresh, cassis finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot and is aging in 50% new, French oak barrels. 88-90 Pts
4,920 Views Tasted Apr 22, 2015
|2013||Château Labégorce (Margaux)|
Medium bodied, bright, fresh, crisp red fruits, soft, already resolved tannins and a forward, easy to drink, fresh, red berry personality. 87 Points
2,792 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
Coffee bean, cherry and earth are on the nose, while the medium-bodied wine ends with a light, easygoing, pomegranate and cherry finish that will be appealing on release. From a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot. 87-89 Pts
3,582 Views Tasted Apr 20, 2014
|2012||Château Labégorce (Margaux)|
Medium/full bodied, round, soft and polished, the fruit is ripe, the wine is approachable and end with a supple, cocoa and black cherry finish. 89 Points
3,216 Views Tasted Mar 11, 2015
With an earthy nose, the wine is filled with fresh black raspberries and cassis. From a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13% alcohol. 88-90 Pts
4,397 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2013
|2011||Château Labégorce (Margaux)|
Earth, oak and blackberries in the nose lead to a medium bodied wine with a finish of black cherry and sandy tannins that could soften with a few years of age. 88 Points
5,241 Views Tasted May 20, 2014
Starting with the 2009 vintage, the property expanded to 70 hectares when the new owners, the Perrodo family, added Labegorce Zede, back into the fold. Blending 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 14% alcohol. In the nose, earth, chocolate mint, truffle and blackberry. Soft and silky in texture, the wine finishes with chocolate-covered boysenberry. The wine will be aged in 60% new oak for between 16-18 months. 89 – 90 Pts
4,066 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2012
|2010||Château Labégorce (Margaux)|
A contender for one of the best value Bordeaux wines from the 2010 vintage, licorice, black cherries, espresso and spicy cassis scents pair well with the round, fresh, ripe, lively fruits found in the finish. The final blend turned out to be 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. 91 Points
6,257 Views Tasted Feb 13, 2013
Good, deep color with licorice, cassis, tobacco, and blackberry, round tannins and a fresh, blackberry filled finish. 89 Points
4,601 Views Tasted May 3, 2012
Labergorce Deep color, earth, cassis and licorice in the nose. This easy to like Margaux wine should offer pleasure early. 88 - 90 Pts
4,764 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2011
|2009||Château Labégorce (Margaux)|
From a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 7% Cabernet Franc, the wine opens with espresso, boysenberry and earthy aromas. This leads to a lively, fresh, soft textured, medium bodied Margaux wine. Better than previous vintages, (and the 2010 is even better) with a firm commitment to producing the best wines possible from their terroir, you can expect good things in the future from Labegorce, which fortunately for consumers, remains a well priced Margaux wine. 89 Points
4,042 Views Tasted Feb 1, 2012
|2008||Château Labégorce (Margaux)|
The perfume offers spice, tobacco, earth and cherry aromas. The wine ends with a red fruit and cassis flavored finish. 88 Points
6,057 Views Tasted Jan 28, 2011
|2005||Château Labégorce (Margaux)|
Ready to drink, medium bodied, earthy, plum and cherry focused wine, complicated by notes of cedar, herbs and leafy, forest aromatics. The finish is pleasant, but slightly rustic. 87 Points
3,779 Views Tasted Oct 19, 2016