2013 Labégorce, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1158994 89-91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. There are serious wood aromas in the bouquet, producing a wine that is soft, toasty and feels ripe. A black currant flavor finishes this warm, fruity offering.  (4/ 2014)

88-90 points Antonio Galloni

 The 2013 Labegorce is pretty, supple and silky to the core. Freshly cut rose petals, orange peel, bright red berries, flowers and mint grace the palate in an impeccable, layered wine endowed with terrific length. The 2013 is classy and refined to the core. The 2013 is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Tasted two times.  (4/ 2014)

87-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (50% cabernet sauvignon, 45% merlot, and 5% petit verdot: Good full ruby. Spicy and aromatic notes of blackcurrant, potpourri and graphite on the nose. Then suaver and sweeter on the palate, with black cherry and tobacco flavors complicated by aromatic herbs. Improves with aeration to reveal deeper fruit sweetness, finishing long and dry.  (6/ 2014)

87-90 points Wine Spectator

 Good plum and raspberry notes are inlaid with an ample amount of singed balsam wood and incense. A touch firm through the finish, but there’s some charm here.  (4/ 2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Delicious red and black fruit on the nose. Really evocative fruit, quite charming. Light palate, delicate but palpable tannic dusting, and pretty good persistence. 17/20 points. Drink 2016 to 2024  (4/ 2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another major sleeper of the vintage from Margaux, this large estate (over 160 acres) across the Route du Vin from Lascombes has fashioned a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot in 2013. Only 40% of the crop went into the grand vin. Michel Rolland is the consultant, and the general manager is the same as that of the up-and-coming Marquis d’Alesme Becker-Marjolain de Coninck. The wine exhibits attractive plum, black cherry, licorice and forest floor notes presented in a medium-bodied, soft, silky style. Drink this well-made 2013 over the next 5-6 years.  (8/ 2014)

K&L Notes

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By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/12/2014  | Send Email
Everyone should be aware that Delphine Colasa and winemaker Marjolaine Maurice-de-Coninck have turned this estate (and sister Ch. Marquis D'Alesme) around in just a few years; the wines are so much better now! Hats off! Labegorce has attractive-plump Merlot (53%) fruit with cassis, spice and earth. (Marquis d'Alseme is very bright and has more sparkling blue fruits and distinct minerality.) Both are star wines. *

By: Trey Beffa |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/12/2014  | Send Email
A solid effort for the vintage! Plenty of upfront fruit, spice and hints of toasty oak, this wine has plenty of structure and tannin that is still integrated into the wine. The 2013 is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot and 30% Merlot. 87-89 points.

By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/12/2014  | Send Email
A perennial favorite, this producer makes an excellent value-oriented Margaux of late. Nice red fruit, good concentration and hints of chocolate. This was the first wine of the 2013 En Primeur campaign we tasted and it showed all ways not lost in 2013. Top value.

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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.