1999 Labégorce, Margaux

SKU #1038745 90 points James Suckling

 A little chewy, but some outstanding quality and age with leather, fruit, and spices. Full and tannic. Lots going on.  (2/2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Aromas of berries, chocolate and hints of spices. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a light, fresh, fruity aftertaste. Delicious red. Best after 2003.  (3/2002)

K&L Notes

K&L's notes - This lovely wine is a bit richer and more tannic than their 1997. Very focused and quite mineral on the palate. Good fruit and it could stand decanting an hour or so. Direct from the property. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Wine Merchants)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/28/2013 | Send Email
Perhaps the most "modern" of the wines from this property in the '90s. Very fruit forward and quite elegant. Delicious.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/18/2008 | Send Email
1999 has always been the “middle child” of Bordeaux vintages—friendly, likeable, never making a fuss, but frequently overlooked. Château Labegorce’s vineyards lie just to the north of Château Lascombes and Château Margaux. An old property of excellent reputation, it was nevertheless left out of the 1855 classification, meaning its wines carry a much lower price tag today. The 1999 is forward, aromatic, charming and approachable. Classic Bordeaux at a great price.

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/20/2008 | Send Email
You have probably never heard of this chateau, but the estate's wines date back to 1868 and there are records of the land belonging to the family (La Begorce) dating back to 1332. The estate was split up after the French Revolution and then reunited by Hebert Perrodo. Apparently his dream was to purchase all three parcels, but he was tragically killed in a skiing accident in 2006. His family has continued the project and the wines themselves seem steeped in this long history. They're “old school” in style and show their best when consumed with a meal. The 1999 displayed aromas of sweet black fruit, which also comes through on the palate filling it with an almost liqueur-like sweetness with a background of spice and lots and lots of acidity.

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- Margaux is the southern most of all of the appellations of the Haut Medoc. Located near St. Julien, it has more cru classe producers than the other four villages of the area. In addition to the legendary Chateau Margaux, there are five second-growths: Rauzan Gassies, Rauzan Seglas, Dufort-Vivens, Lascombes, and Brane Cantenac. While more people are probably familiar with the third growth Chateau Palmer, there are nine other wineries with the same ranking in addition to a trio of fourth growths and a pair of fifth growths. Because Margaux is comprised of five communes… Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Labardes and Arsac, the wines styles are diverse throughout the region with the more masculine tannic wines coming from the Cantenac side of the appellation. Because of a high percentage of Merlot planted in the region, many wines from Margaux are more round, feminine, and exotic that the other appellations of the Haut Medoc.