2013 Labégorce, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
Barrel Sample. There are serious wood aromas in the bouquet, producing a wine that is soft, toasty and feels ripe. A black currant flavor finishes this warm, fruity offering.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(50% cabernet sauvignon, 45% merlot, and 5% petit verdot: Good full ruby. Spicy and aromatic notes of blackcurrant, potpourri and graphite on the nose. Then suaver and sweeter on the palate, with black cherry and tobacco flavors complicated by aromatic herbs. Improves with aeration to reveal deeper fruit sweetness, finishing long and dry. (ID)
The 2013 Labegorce is pretty, supple and silky to the core. Freshly cut rose petals, orange peel, bright red berries, flowers and mint grace the palate in an impeccable, layered wine endowed with terrific length. The 2013 is classy and refined to the core. The 2013 is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Tasted two times. (AG)
Good plum and raspberry notes are inlaid with an ample amount of singed balsam wood and incense. A touch firm through the finish, but there’s some charm here.
Delicious red and black fruit on the nose. Really evocative fruit, quite charming. Light palate, delicate but palpable tannic dusting, and pretty good persistence. Drink 2016 to 2024. (17/20 points)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another major sleeper of the vintage from Margaux, this large estate (over 160 acres) across the Route du Vin from Lascombes has fashioned a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot in 2013. Only 40% of the crop went into the grand vin. Michel Rolland is the consultant, and the general manager is the same as that of the up-and-coming Marquis d’Alesme Becker-Marjolain de Coninck. The wine exhibits attractive plum, black cherry, licorice and forest floor notes presented in a medium-bodied, soft, silky style. Drink this well-made 2013 over the next 5-6 years. (RP)