Château Labégorce

This old property, which dates back to the middle of the 14th century, probably takes its name from L'Abbée Gorce, an abbot and member of family spread throughout Margaux.

In 1795, just after the French Revolution, some of the property was sold and the estate was divided in three. Each passed through various hands until Hubert Perrodo came along. M Perrodo acquired the rump of the estate, Labégorce in 1989 and set about trying to reunite the three elements.

In 2002 he bought the château and buildings of the L'Abbée Gorsse de Gorsse, though the vineyard of that property eluded him and was acquired by Château Margaux, and in 2005 he brought the three historic elements back together by buying Labégorce-Zédé.

Tragically, he was killed in a skiing accident a year later and it was left to his daughter Nathalie to run the recently reunited estate. This she has done with aplomb.

The property is one of the largest in Margaux at 53 hectares, planted with cabernet sauvignon (50%), merlot (45%), cabernet franc and petit verdot at 3% and 2% each, with the merlot creeping up as a percentage of plantings in recent years. Some of the vines are centurions and there are many planted in the 1950s, and with new plantings the average vine age is 30 years.

The terroir is largely gravel and sandy soil with some limestone intermingled. Fermentation takes place in concrete and stainless steel tanks and the wine ages for some 15 months in 50% new oak. The second wine of the property is Zédé de Labégorce.

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