ZÉDÉ DE LABÉGORCE, Margaux – Second wine of Château Labégorce
Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Merlot 35%, Cabernet Franc 10%, Petit Verdot 5%.
Château Labégorce Zédé, Cru Bourgeois from Margaux, will disappear from the 2009 vintage.
It will instead become part of Château Labégorce, creating one 55-ha estate. This has been the intention since the late Hubert Perrodo – founder of the Perenco oil group, who died in a skiing accident in 2006 – bought first Labégorce in 1989, then its neighbours Château de l’Abbé Gorsse de Gosse in 2002, and Labégorce Zédé in 2005.
The three had been combined before the French Revolution, and split into separate properties in the ensuing centuries. After his death, the plans were put on hold, but his 27-year-old daughter Nathalie has now taken over the property, splitting her time between Bordeaux and London. She is carrying out her father’s wishes.
‘We have talked about this for years,’ technical director Philippe de la Laguarigue, who worked previously at Château Montrose, says, ‘but nothing has happened. Now we are moving forward with the original plan.’
There will now be just one estate: Château Labégorce, with its second wine Zédé de Labégorce. Construction of a new winery for the reworked estates is due to begin in June 2010.
Lovely, dark red/purple coloured Margaux with an enticing and intense nose of dark berries, vanilla hints and cassis. The soft and complex palate shows lots of ripeness with elegant fruit and smoke, stretching delicately with notes of spices towards a firm but elegant finish.