Chateau labegorce, Margaux 2009 Cabernet blend
Labégorce is a wine that I have loved about one vintage out of every five but I know when they nail it at Labégorce, they really KILL it and it is always a bargain in such years. 2009 was a complete screamer for the whole of Margaux and a very special year for Labégorce. The perfume has the trademark lift of great Margaux but it also has a diabolical depth to it and a monstrously mouth-filling palate that just goes on and on. Gorgeous Margaux.
90/100 from Robert Parker, drink now to 2025: "Showing vastly superior from bottle than it did from cask, Labegorce’s 2009 comes from a property that now includes the former estate Labegorce-Zede, which has been absorbed completely into this attractive vineyard just to the north of Chateau Margaux. They have excelled in this vintage. Dense ruby/purple, with notes of creosote, spring flowers, blueberry and blackberry fruit, this is a rich, medium to full-bodied wine with loads of character and depth. It is usually one of the better values of Bordeaux and it certainly stands out as a major sleeper of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2025."
17/20 from Jancis Robinson, drink now to 2026: Dark blackish ruby. Fragrant and natural on the nose. Sweet and mellow. Nicely done. A little tension on the finish. Not pushed to excess. This could be from a terroir that is less favoured usually but one that is benefiting from 2009 overdrive.