Labégorce, like many chateaux in Bordeaux, takes its name from one of the estate’s early owners, back in the 14th century. However, after the French revolution it was divided into three separate estates and sold separately: Chateau Labégorce, Labégorce Zédé and the tiny property L’Abbe Grosse de Grosse. In 1989 Chateau Labégorce was bought by Hubert Perrodo, who had a goal to reunite all three pieces of the original Labégorce estate. In 2002 he purchased L’Abbe Grosse de Grosse and finally, in 2005, bought the last piece of the puzzle: Labégorce Zédé, where this wine is from. He tragically died in a skiing accident the following year, so now his daughter Nathalie manages the estate.
The 67 acres of vineyards of Labégorce Zédé are predominantly planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, but also feature a third Merlot, as well as a smattering of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The gravel and sand based soil is ideal for these grape varieties, and is a large factor in making this wine taste so silky and complex.
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