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Chateau Labegorce History, Overview
Chateau Labegorce, like many chateau in Bordeaux, takes its name from one of the estates 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 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 after 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.
Chateau Labegorce The Modern Age
The chateau of Labegorce was constructed in 1821. 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 managed by Hubert Perrodo’s daughter, Nathalie Perrodo.
Nathalie Perrodo also manages the families other Medoc Bordeaux property, which is also located in the Margaux appellation, Chateau Marquis d’Alesme, which is located across the road from Chateau Lascombes. Delphine Kolasa is the director of communications for the property. Marjolaine de Coninck is the technical director.
Chateau Labegorce Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 53 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.
A sizable portion of the vineyard was planted during the 1950’s 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!
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
11 Vintages 79,209 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|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.
2,959 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Labégorce (Margaux)|
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.
9,908 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.
5,382 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
4,845 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.
3,784 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
4,385 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.
1,987 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
2,867 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.
2,909 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
4,129 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.
4,991 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
3,824 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.
5,763 Views Tasted Feb 13, 2013
Good, deep color with licorice, cassis, tobacco, and blackberry, round tannins and a fresh, blackberry filled finish.
4,152 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
4,320 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.
3,712 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.
5,920 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.
3,372 Views Tasted Oct 19, 2016