2010 Labégorce, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
*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.
Best ever from here with a blackberry and licorice. Full and velvety with loads going on. Mega.
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.)
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.