1997 Labegorce, Margaux (1.5L)

SKU #1038743 Wine Spectator

 A light '97, with good ripe fruit character ... Drink now.  (1/ 2000)

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K&L's Bordeaux buyer Clyde Beffa liked this wine so much, he drank 6 bottles in the first 10 days we've had it in stock. The wine is perfect right now. Old school Bordeaux, with sweet cassis fruit, some minerality and lingering finish. Served with a steak, it goes down quickly and offers immediate gratification. Decant 15 minutes and enjoy. "A magnum of 10 year-plus mature Bordeaux at this low price is unheard of in this day of sky high Bordeaux prices." (Clyde Beffa, K&L Wine Merchants) *BK's working on his case

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/11/2014  | Send Email
Tasting notes 3/11/2014 We just received the last of the 1997 Labegorce this time from the estate and it is the last 38 cases all in magnum. We had this with the K&L Hollywood 7 year anniversary party with NY Strips and Prime Rib. This is the best this wine has ever tasted part provenance (never left the estate), format (always ages better in bigger bottles) and time which we are now 15 years in bottle and it is perfect. Don't miss out on this wine both fresh and bright with lovely sweet tobacco, cedar, underbrush and spice with a gravely minerality on the finish. Tasting notes 5/20/2008...Fruit and spice both come through on the nose along with some tobacco aromas. Everything is integrated here with the fruit and spice being united within a round, almost velvety mouthfeel. The acidity is still very prominent, so it is at its best with dinner.

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/8/2011  | Send Email
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This is our fourth shipment of this wine and, to tell you the truth, the first ones left me wondering what Clyde saw in it. Those shipments resulted in wines that seemed austere, a bit “musty” and “rustique,” and totally uninteresting. This shipment, however, came from Anthony Barton’s (Léoville- and Langoa-Barton) cellar, which the first set of shipments did not, and the wine, simply put, is amazing! Medium-deep ruby in color, this Gem shows nothing less than the great aromas of aged Bordeaux at its best. The adjectives are endless: cedar, opulence, terroir, silkiness, seamless, integrated tannins, great complexity, broadness, viscosity, etc., etc… A great wine of great value that would rival aged offerings that are three to four times its price, and a statement as to how storage conditions can affect the presentation of a great wine. Anderson has informed me that we need cases of this Gem for the month. 12.5% ABV. (Jim Barr)
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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Margaux

- 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.