2012 Labégorce, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
Vibrant, with a racy, well-stitched core of damson plum, raspberry and blackberry fruit supported by fruitcake and graphite notes. Displays range and energy. Solid.
A wine that shows a pretty depth of fruit with soft and silky tannins. Very well done. Not quite the 2011.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A major sleeper of the vintage, the 2012 is a Labegorce that finally reflects the investments and change of staff and ownership that had held so much promise. A dense ruby/purple hue is followed by abundant notes of black currants, blackberries, licorice, a foresty/underbrush character and a hint of smoke. It also possesses a medium-bodied, silky texture. Drink it over the next 10-12 years. The final blend was 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Moreover, the new owners declassified 50% of the production into a second wine.
Barrel sample. Juicy and ripe, this wine has rich fruitiness without the balancing structure. It profits from ripe Merlot flavors in the blend, yielding a fruity wine that will develop fast.
Very dark, intense colour. Sweet and lifted. The acceptable face of sweet 2012? Lots of energy and punch plus refreshment. Well-integrated Merlot and Cabernet. Real depth and length. Polished. Super appetising. Lots of winemaking effort here. Drink 2022-2035.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full, medium ruby-red. Enticing aromas of blackberry, violet, licorice and fresh herbs. Open-knit and verging on plush initially, then turns a bit less fruity and fleshy, offering uncomplicated dark berry and floral flavors. The bright finish features decent length but shows a youthfully ungiving character. This 2012 is projected to age for 15 months in only 30% new oak, which is likely to be a sensible decision in 2012. I firmly believe that the wines have improved greatly here since the Perrodo family (who have recently acquired Marquis d'Alesme), owners of both Labegorce and Labegorce Zede, decided to fold the latter into Labegorce beginning with the 2009 vintage. The paltry 35 h/h yield may also have something to do with this wine's quality in 2012.