Chateau Labegorce Margaux 2016

Chateau Labegorce Margaux 2016

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The vineyards of Labegorce was noted in 1332 as a vineyard belonging to te noble La Bogorce family. The estate was one of the largest in all of the Medoc. After the French Revolution, the estate was split into 3 smaller estates; Chateau Labegorce, Chateau Labegorce Zede and l'Abbe Grosse de Grosse. The Neo-Classical chateau was 1821. Until purchase by the Hubert Perrodo in 1989, there were numerous owner who were indifferent about wine production at the estate. Knowing the value of the property with its excellent location, Hubert Perrodo set out to reconstruct the original estate. He purchased l"abbe Grosse de Grosse in 2002 and Labegorce Zede in 2005.
The estate is over 600 acres in size but only 1/5 is vineyards. It is planted 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The average age of the vines is 30 years old but the have a sizable amount of vines that are over 100 years old.
Wine Spectator: 94
Fresh, featuring a racy edge of mesquite that melds with the energetic plum and boysenberry fruit flavors. Stays focused through the finish, picking up alluring spice notes.
Wine Advocate: 96
The 2016 Labegorce is a blend of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 52% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot picked between 4-21 October and matured in 45% new oak. What I like about the bouquet is that it is quintessential Margaux--it could not come from anywhere else. Crushed violets infuse black cherries, blueberry and iodine. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very well-judged acidity, an elegant and very charming Margaux with pencil lead and a touch of spice on the long finish. What a brilliant wine from a Margaux estate that has really upped its game.
Decanter: 93
Deep, rich extraction, black cherry in colour with very well controlled aromatics of damson and creamy cappuccino. This is a gorgeous wine and there are going to be many many fans of the contemporary but utterly controlled and well judged flavours on display here. Luscious and big, but everything has a reason for being where it is, nothing superfluous. One of the best ever from this property.
Wine Enthusiast: 96
This wine is dry and firm, with ample tannins and density. It also has a rich side, which comes from ripe black fruit. Acidity at the end freshens the wine and provides balance.
Vinous: 91
The 2016 Labgorce is terrific. Pliant, supple and accessible, it offers considerable near- and medium-term appeal in a pliant, juicy style. Dark red fruit, grilled herbs, smoke, licorice and tobacco all flesh out nicely. The 2016 is powerful and dense, but also comes across as a bit less heavy than in the past. It will be interesting to see if that is more related to the vintage or a slightly stylistic shift. Time will tell. Tasted two times.
James Suckling: 95
This may be the best Labgorce ever. Full-bodied and dense yet vivid and energetic. Greatness in the making.