2010 Labégorce, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1067028 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* It was powerful and dense at en primeur, and it hasn’t changed since. This is firm, concentrated and very structured, perhaps extracted, showing the full force of blackberry and sweet wood flavors and dark tannins. Long-term aging needed.  (2/ 2013)

93 points James Suckling

 Best ever from here with a blackberry and licorice. Full and velvety with loads going on. Mega.  (4/ 2011)

87-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (45% cabernet sauvignon, 45% merlot, 6% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot) Ruby with purple highlights. Aromas of red berries, minerals and graphite. Silky and supple, but with firm minerality and floral character giving lift to the red berry flavors. Finishes dry, smoothly tannic and long. A very good Labegorce. Delphine Dariol Kolasa told me this year that this estate made the best possible wine in 2010 rather than trying to maintain a Labegorce or Labegorce-Zede character to the final wine (last year was the first vintage in which the wine was made, after Labegorce-Zede was bought by Labegorce and the two estates fused.)  (6/ 2011)

89 points Wine Spectator

 Slightly chunky in style, displaying a firm, singed apple wood frame to the core of plum and anise notes. Medium-weight, with a flash of briar on the finish. A bit shy on stuffing in the end, as the firm toast wins out. Drink now through 2020. (Web-2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this wine exhibits sweet tannin, medium body and blue and black fruits intermixed with underbrush, licorice, cedar and spice box in a medium-bodied, elegant style with moderate tannin. Forget it for several years and Drink it over the following decade.  (2/ 2013)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/4/2013  | Send Email
Michel Rolland's fingerprints are all over this wine. It has a seamless entry onto the palate, which shows good purity of fruit and suppleness. I get crunchy red fruit with pretty minerality. A very impressive value. At UGC: Watch this property! They've been making fantastic value wines recently. Their 2010 will cellar well for many years.

By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/4/2013  | Send Email
Michel Rolland's fingerprints are all over this wine. It has a seamless entry onto the palate, which shows good purity of fruit and suppleness. I get crunchy red fruit with pretty minerality. A very impressive value.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/4/2013  | Send Email
Chalky nose with cassis and mineral.

By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/4/2013  | Send Email
Ripe! Good, creamy mouthfeel with rounded fruit.

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

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.