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.
Mineral and currant, with fresh herbs on the nose. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a pretty balance of wood. A little tight, as it should be, but shows potential already.
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. May not last as long as some. Very, very slightly light. Date tasted 31st March 2010. Drink 2016-2026.
Plenty of fruit here, nicely balanced, silky textured. An attractive mid-weight Margaux. Good and should be good value too.
The richness of the black fruits packs out the nose and gives a lush start to the palate. Behind all the sweetness there is a firmer feel, structured but ripe tannins, concentrated sloe giving richness on the back palate. Drink 2020-2040.
Deep red, good floral red fruits, good, quite earthy vigour with good lifted acidity, good balance and weight. Drink 2014-20.
Tasted at Vintex. The Labegorce '09 has a succulent bouquet with macerated black cherries, blueberry and a touch of violets. Moderate definition, perhaps just a little smudged. The palate has a citric entry, good acidity here cutting through those dense black, tarry fruit, leading to a delineated but strictly linear, tobacco tinged finish. Tasted March 2010.
Things are improving at this estate since it absorbed Labegorce-Zede, but this is not a 2009 that demands attention. It is a solidly made, dark ruby-hued, supple, smooth effort with a touch of greenness. Drink it during its first 8-9 years of life. (Tasted two times.) Drink 2010-2019.