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2020 Château Labegorce En Primeur

2020 Château Labegorce has been released for sale this afternoon En Primeur at £235 per dozen bottles in bond. As Lisa Perotti-Brown comments, 2020 is an 'enigmatic' vintage in which some wines have performed even better than in 2018 and 2019, whilst others have underperformed.  In Margaux, at least some of this variability can be attributed to low rainfall during July.  Estates with more clay terroirs did well (as it retains more water) and Labegorce was one of these.  

Jane Anson describes it as "Less opulent than 2019, more classic and serious but this is great (93 points)" whilst Jeb Dunnuck enthuses about its "Rock star crème de cassis, graphite, roasted herbs, iron, and loamy earth nuances " and "wonderful purity of fruit", describing it as "terrific value" (93-95 points).

Landing in spring 2023.

Limited availability.  To order, e-mail us at sales@richardkihl.ltd.uk 

Château Labegorce, Margaux

Producer Profile

Château Labegorce, Margaux

Château Labegorce is Cru Bourgeois Supérieur estate in the commune of Margaux.  It has existence since 1332 of “a vineyard belonging to the noble La Bégorce family”.  The Perrodo family acquired Labégorce in 1989, renovating both the château building and the vineyard.  They also reunited the estate by buying Labegorce Zede in 2005, originally part of the estate but for many years a separate vineyard.  The Perrodo family also own Château Marquis d’Alesme, a third growth Margaux.  Nathalie Perrodo is in charge at Labegorce.  

The 70 hectares of vines are planted to 50 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 45 % Merlot, 3 % Cabernet Franc and 2 % Petit Verdot.  The terroir is composed of 70% sand and gravel and 30% sand and silt.  The wines are aged for 12-14 months in oak barriques, 40-50% new.

 

RED 2020 Château Labegorce 75cl £235 per case of 12 Château Labegorce
2020 / / 75cl
£235 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"A tight, compact Labégorce with blackcurrant, walnut and some graphite. It’s medium-to full-bodied with a solid core of tannins and fruit. Some lead pencil. Very structured for this estate. 92-92 points" jamessuckling.com------“Cask sample taken 6 April. Very informative sample label giving varietal composition and harvest dates: 45% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2 % Petit Verdot. Harvested 16 September to 1 October. 40% new oak. Deepest cherry red. Inviting and open nose of sweet and scented black and dark-red fruit and just a hint of oak's sweetness. On the palate, juicy with those same fruit flavours and lovely freshness to balance. The oak is carried lightly and is well integrated. The tannins fine and dry on the finish. 14%. Drink 2027 – 2034. 16.5 points.” (JH), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21------"Smoked cedar oak on the nose, a welcome touch in a vintage where tannins have frequently been turned up to 11. Grilled almonds; really a campfire edge. I like this, works well with the vintage. The fruit softens through the mid palate but the team has done a great job of finding extra layers flavour and complexity. Good stuff. 40% new oak. 2% Petit Verdot completes the blend. Yields around 32hl/ha. Just 20mm of rain in August here, which meant veraison was more difficult. Tasted this also at the estate, and both times I was impressed. Less opulent than 2019, more classic and serious but this is great. Harvest September 16 to October 1. Drinking Window 2026 - 2038. 93 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine-----"I continue to love the wines from this estate in Margaux, and the 2020 Château Labegorce is no exception. Rock star crème de cassis, graphite, roasted herbs, iron, and loamy earth nuances all define the bouquet, and it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a relatively soft, plush, forward style, good mid-palate density, and wonderful purity of fruit. It’s going to benefit from 3-5 years of bottle age and drink nicely for 15-20 years. It should be a terrific value as well. 93-95 points" Jebdunnuck.com

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