ABOUT THE WINE
Adjacent to châteaux Margaux and Lascombes, Labégorce was mentioned in the 1868 edition of Cocks and Feret's "Bordeaux and its Wines" which records the existence of "a vineyard belonging to the noble La Bégorce family" since 1332. The château was referred to as "... one of the most exquisite and well-situated properties in the town of Margaux". In 1989, the Perrodo family purchased Labégorce and renovated not only the château building but also the vineyard. They also enhanced winemaking techniques, and Labégorce is now a delightful wine with a stunning structure, fresh fruit, and exceptional finesse. In addition, the Perrodo family acquired Château Marquis d'Alesme, a third-growth Margaux, in 2006, which they plan to transform into one of the appellation's jewels.
Made up of 52% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot. It was aged in 45% new and 55% one-year-old French oak barrels. Its deep garnet-purple colour gives way to a deliciously fragrant bouquet of cassis, kirsch, and black raspberries, with hints of candied violets, dark chocolate, and spearmint. It is medium-bodied, elegant, and fresh with a wonderfully long finish that leaves a fragrant aroma in its wake.
Chicken heart and liver croquettes with truffle aioli, seared venison with wild sorrel reduction and potatoes dauphinoise
This wine is produced in limited quantities with only 12,000 cases made. The Château Labégorce estate has been on an upward trajectory since Marjolaine de Coninck took over in 2009. This 2016 vintage is a testament to her success. It is a head-turner of a Margaux that is sure to impress. The wine is best enjoyed after 3-5 years of ageing and can be savoured for the next two decades or more.