52% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot
The Gorsse family have a long history in the region, originating in the south-west and spreading to the Medoc in the early middle ages, where in the 14th century an ‘Abbe Gorsse’ may have given his name to this Margaux house and estate. For centuries the family grew the ‘Noble House of La Begorce’ into one of the largest Medoc wine concerns until being unseated by the French Revolution and having their estate sold and divided in three: Chateau Labegorce, Chateau Labegorce Zede, and Chateau L’Abbe Gorsse de Gorsse. The larger part of the estate remained under the name Chateau Labegorce. After a number of owners its fortunes were finally revived in 1989 when it was purchased by Hubert Perrodo, whose goal was to reunite the original estate. In 2002 Perrodo was able to buy back the 17 century building at L’Abbe Gorsse de Gorsse, although the latter’s prized vineyards - on free-draining gravel knolls - were secured by Chateau Margaux. In 2005 his acquisition of the independently successful Labegorce Zede completed his project, so today Labegorce and Labegorce Zede function as labels under one estate. Under the management of his daughter Nathalie Perrodo, the reuinted Chateau Labegorce has moved with the times and among various modernisation programmes has secured the services of wine consultant Michel Rolland, who is helping to develop a more expressive style in keeping with plantings of Merlot that, at 45%, are relatively high for the usually Cabernet-dominant Margaux appellation.
What The Critics Say
94-96/100 Parker's wine Advocate, Neal Martin
"The 2016 Labegorce is a blend of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 52% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot picked between 4-21 October and matured in 45% new oak. What I like about the bouquet is that it is quintessential Margaux--it could not come from anywhere else. Crushed violets infuse black cherries, blueberry and iodine. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very well-judged acidity, an elegant and very charming Margaux with pencil lead and a touch of spice on the long finish. What a brilliant wine from a Margaux estate that has really upped its game." Drink 2026 - 2055
89-91/100 Vinous, Antonio Galloni
"The 2016 Labégorce is terrific. Pliant, supple and accessible, it offers considerable near- and medium-term appeal in a pliant, juicy style. Dark red fruit, grilled herbs, smoke, licorice and tobacco all flesh out nicely. The 2016 is powerful and dense, but also comes across as a bit less heavy than in the past. It will be interesting to see if that is more related to the vintage or a slightly stylistic shift. Time will tell. Tasted two times."
92/100 Wine Cellar Insider, Jeff Leve
"Floral, black raspberry and just the right amount of dark chocolate on the nose, this wine is deeply colored with ripe, dark cherries, full body and a dusty, fruit filled finish. This could be the best vintage yet for Labegorce , as it offers length, volume and freshness. Made from a blend of 52% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.7 and is being aged in 50% new, French oak barrels."
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