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2017 Labégorce, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1355625 93 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Under the helm of Marjolaine de Coninck, who arrived from Fonplegade in 2009, this estate has been firing on all cylinders, and they've made a beautiful 2017 Chateau Labegorce. Based on 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that spent 14 months in 45% new oak, its deep purple/plum color is followed by a complex, medium to full-bodied, seamless Margaux that has complexity as well as depth and richness. With lots of cassis fruit and notes of sandalwood and spice, they’ve done a fabulous job with the tannins, and it has a great mid-palate and outstanding purity. You’d be excused for drinking bottles today, yet it should benefit from short-term cellaring and evolve for 15 years. This estate covers 65 hectares (there are 53 hectares under vine) located just north of the town of Margaux, on the plateau just across the road from Lascombes. If you haven’t tried these wines in a while, now is an excellent time to give them another look. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Labégorce is powerful yet nuanced, and wonderfully complete. Cedar, tobacco, mint, dried herbs and licorice grace this wine of tremendous complexity. While it is towering in its size, richness and intensity, the 2017 is also surprisingly elegant. Creamy, ample and flavorful, this is a very good wine with rather pretty floral notes that grace the exquisite finish. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

92-93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A juicy and rich red with lots of fruit and wet-earth character. Medium to full body, ripe tannins and a fresh finish. Inner quote mark (1/2018)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Fresh and lively, with red and black currant fruit gilded with lilac and sandalwood notes. A fresh mineral edge shows on the finish. Nicely rendered. (JM, Web-2018) Inner quote mark (1/2018)

92 points Decanter

Outer quote mark An excellent Labegorce, full of rich black fruits, textured and layered. A great success in the vintage, with a mouthwatering delivery that holds itself with confidence. It's not hugely intense, as is often the case this year, but makes up for it with a poised delivery and firm, juicy tannins. (JA) Inner quote mark (1/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Labégorce has quite an oaky nose to begin, giving way to scents of warm plums, pencil shavings and blackcurrant pastilles plus a waft of black olives. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers a lot of muscular fruit, framed by firm, chewy tannins and bold freshness, finishing a little hard. (LPB) 90+ Inner quote mark (1/2020)

K&L Notes

93 points Neal Martin for Vinous: "The 2017 Labégorce is aged for 14 months in 45% new oak. This has an attractive bouquet with brambly red berry fruit, cedar and subtle dark chocolates scents. It is clean and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, not the most powerful Margaux in this vintage, a little dusty on the finish but still, quite a stylish Labégorce that deserves some bottle age." (02/2020)


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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/2/2018 | Send Email
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The 2016 was one of the best-if not the best under $30 Bordeaux. This 2017 follows closely behind it and it is priced reasonably. 30% lower production than normal. 61% Cabernet is the backbone here. Intense red berry aromas that follow to the palate. The wine is soft and elegant-very feminine style and I love it. A great value 2017 for sure.
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By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/20/2018 | Send Email
A property that has taken Margaux by storm over the past half-decade, the grand vin will continue to challenge the status quo in 2017. There is an oakiness on the nose, but it melds with the palate in good time, showing great vibrancy and depth, dark red fruits, impressive intensity, and a chalky minerality. Certainly on the modern side, but well-judged at that for the vintage. Tasted twice, both with encouraging results. Snap this up early and follow for a decade-plus.

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