The 2016 Labégorce comes from a property that has really been getting its act together in recent years. It has a gorgeous, very pure blackberry, raspberry and pressed violet bouquet, almost understated, but there is real focus here. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin and quite Pauillac-like in style, and there is impressive density on the finish. Wonderful. Look out for this. Drink 2024-2050
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019|
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.
|Score: 94/96||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
This may be the best Labégorce ever. Full-bodied and dense yet vivid and energetic. Greatness in the making.
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2017|
The 2016 Labégorce is a dense, potent wine. There is plenty of depth to the copious blackberry jam, plum and chocolate flavors. Rich and forward, the 2016 will drink well with minimal cellaring. I thought the 2016 was a bit more exciting from barrel, but this is nevertheless very nicely done. Drink 2020-2030.
|Score: 90||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019|
From an estate on the uptick and showing beautifully on two separate occasions, the 2016 Château Labégorce is a head-turner of a Margaux that’s based on 52% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that was brought up in 45% new oak, with the balance in once-used barrels. Sexy notes of blackcurrants, black raspberries, crushed flowers, sandalwood, and incense all flow to a medium to full-bodied, fabulously textured Margaux that carries ripe tannins, loads of fruit and richness, and a great finish. Since arriving in 2009, Marjolaine de Coninck has resurrected this estate and the wines now play with the top in the appellation. Give bottles 3-5 years and enjoy over the following two decades or more. Drink 2022 - 2042.
|Score: 94||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, March 2019|
There’s quite a bit of oak on this ambitious, well-structured red blend, but it’s a wine that’s made for a middle distance race rather than sprint. The tannins are well judged, built around a core of red fruits, tobacco spice and tangy acidity. 2024-30
|Score: 92||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|