2020 Château Labégorce, Cru Bourgeois Margaux

2020 Château Labégorce, Cru Bourgeois Margaux

The 2020 Labégorce is a beautiful Margaux, that's undoubtedly Cru Classé quality, but that's available at a much lower price. Notes of lavender and woodsmoke on the nose, and a structured yet elegant palate, that shows the best of this commune. A must-buy in 2020.

Critic score
92.5/100 info
Pricing
info
Magnum
En primeur info
13 available
£55.76
Case, 3 Magnums
En primeur info
4 available
£167.28

Wine details

  • Region & country
    Margaux, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Young 2025 - 2040info
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Magnum (150cl.)

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.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (May 2021)
92—93/100

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.

Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)
93/100

The 2020 Labégorce was picked 16 September to 1 October and raised in 40% new oak, the remainder one year old. It has a perfumed bouquet with brambly red fruit, wild strawberry mixed with raspberry preserve and rose petal, hints of orange rind emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins, classic in style with a fine bead of acidity that imparts plenty of freshness. More black fruit on the palate compared to the nose with a saline finish, this is a fine Margaux that has a suppleness suggesting it will drink early after bottling.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (May 2021)
(91—93)/100

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. (JH)

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2021)
16.5/20
Château Labégorce

Château Labégorce has become one of the hottest properties in Bordeaux in recent years, selling out immediately on first release. Situated in the heart of Margaux, recent investment has made it one of Bordeaux’s most in-demand wines when released en primeur. It has been owned by the Perrodo family since 1989, when Hubert Perrodo, whose dream to reunite the previously split estates of Labégorce and Labégorce-Zédé was realised in 2009, and the first vintage of the newly unified estate was 2010. Sadly, Hubert was killed in a skiing accident in 2006 and control passed to his daughter, Nathalie who has continued to see Labégorce go from strength to strength. The estate lies in the north of Margaux, above the eponymous First Growth and has close to 70 hectares of vines. Unusually for Bordeaux, some of these vines are up to 100 years old, lying in a small plot of just 4 hectares, with the remainder planted from the 1950s onwards.

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