2000 Labégorce, Margaux

SKU #1075833 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 If Margaux is the most delicate of the Médoc wines, then this is the epitome of Margaux. It is light, poised and attractively perfumed. The fruit is elegant and fresh with a fine streak of acidity.  (6/ 2003)

87-89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Red-ruby. Sappy, fruit-driven aromas of cherry and raspberry. Sweet, supple and rather easygoing; suggests gentle extraction. Offers good intensity and should give early pleasure. Finishes with smooth tannins and very good length.  (5/ 2001)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Soft, ripe, and fruity, with big, smoky, charred berry-like scents intermixed with tobacco and plum aromas, this medium-bodied 2000 is best drunk over the next 8-10 years.  (4/ 2003)

Wine Spectator

 Beautiful aromas of spices, berries and plums. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a clean finish. Best after 2005.  (3/ 2003)

K&L Notes

Very focused and quite mineral on the palate. Good fruit and it could stand decanting an hour or so. Direct from the property. This wine is just great old school claret. Has great mid palate depth and richness. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Wine Merchants)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/11/2014  | Send Email
Right from the property, this wine has the finesse of the Margaux commune with the strength of the vintage. Tons of red berry flavors. Decant and enjoy with a steak dinner.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/1/2012  | Send Email
Amazingly, I haven’t written about this wine yet. Direct from the château, the wine has been stored and shipped in perfect condition and is showing very well. The nose starts off with some mushroom and barnyard and moves to black tea, spice and mineral. On the palate the fruit takes the stage, showing ripe, dark character along with more spice. The tannins are still evident, but it shows a lovely texture, with lifted acidity on the finish. Lots of life.

 By: Chris Bottarini |  Review Date: 11/22/2011 
Ruby-purple in the glass. The nose brings soil, currants & a floral overtone. Polished tannins & acids still evident. Plums & currants dominate the fruit profile. This should be interesting to pair with steak tonight.

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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.