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Château Labégorce Zédé de Labégorce 2020

Château Labégorce Zédé de Labégorce 2020

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Château Labégorce Zédé de Labégorce 2020: A Margaux Cru Bourgeois with Finesse

The Château Labégorce Zédé de Labégorce 2020 is a prime example of why Margaux wines are celebrated for their elegance and finesse. This second wine, produced by the esteemed Château Labégorce estate, boasts characteristics that will delight both seasoned Bordeaux enthusiasts and curious newcomers.

Vineyard and Vinification:

Situated in the heart of the Margaux appellation, the Zédé de Labégorce vines thrive on deep gravel and sandy loam soils. The 2020 vintage benefitted from a meticulous selection process, ensuring only the highest quality grapes made it into the final blend. Traditionally vinified in concrete vats, the wine undergoes ageing for 12 to 15 months in oak barrels, with a portion of new oak contributing further complexity.

Tasting Profile:

  • Colour: The wine pours a deep, inviting ruby red with garnet hues.
  • Nose: On the nose, a captivating bouquet unfolds, revealing a melange of blackcurrant, blueberry, and raspberry. These dark fruit notes are complemented by hints of sweet spice, such as cinnamon and clove, along with subtle floral nuances.
  • Palate: The first sip of Zédé de Labégorce 2020 is met with a delightful balance of richness and elegance. The medium-bodied structure delivers a smooth and rounded mouthfeel, while the well-integrated tannins provide a pleasant grip on the finish. The flavours from the nose translate beautifully onto the palate, with the dark fruits taking centre stage alongside hints of cedar and savoury spice. The finish is persistent, leaving a lingering impression of sophistication.

Serving Suggestions:

To fully appreciate the intricacies of this Margaux Cru Bourgeois, ensure it reaches a serving temperature of 16-18°C. Decanting the wine for 2 hours before serving can further enhance its aromatic profile and soften the tannins.

Food Pairing:

The versatility of Zédé de Labégorce 2020 makes it a fantastic companion for a variety of dishes. Here are some suggested food pairings to elevate your dining experience:

  • Red Meat: The wine's richness and structure make it a perfect match for grilled or roasted red meats like lamb chops, ribeye steak, or venison.
  • White Meat:  While red meat is a classic pairing, Zédé de Labégorce 2020 also shines alongside well-seasoned white meats such as roast chicken with rosemary or herb-crusted pork tenderloin.
  • Game: The earthy notes of the wine complement game dishes beautifully. Consider pairing it with roast pheasant, grilled duck breast, or venison stew.
  • Mushrooms: The umami flavours found in mushrooms create a harmonious pairing with this Margaux. Sautéed wild mushrooms, mushroom risotto, or even a vegetarian burger with portobello mushrooms would be delightful accompaniments.
  • Cheese: For a cheeseboard selection, choose semi-firm and mature cheeses that can hold their own against the wine's structure. Comté, Gruyère, or aged Gouda would all be excellent choices.

Overall Impression:

Château Labégorce Zédé de Labégorce 2020 is a testament to the quality that can be achieved in a Margaux Cru Bourgeois. It offers a captivating drinking experience that is both approachable and sophisticated. With its enticing bouquet, well-balanced palate, and excellent food pairing potential, this wine is sure to impress any wine lover.

Additional Notes:

  • The 2020 vintage is considered to be a successful one for Bordeaux, with many wines showing excellent potential for ageing. While Zédé de Labégorce 2020 can be enjoyed now, cellaring it for a few years can allow the flavours to further develop and mature.
  • For those interested in learning more about the history and winemaking philosophy of Château Labégorce, visiting their website or contacting the winery directly is recommended.

We at The General Wine Company believe that Château Labégorce Zédé de Labégorce 2020 is a must-try for any Bordeaux enthusiast.  We invite you to purchase a bottle from our website and experience the elegance of Margaux for yourself.


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