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Chateau Labegorce Zede (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005

Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
  • WS91
13.5% ABV
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13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Deep garnet color. Complex nose in which aromas of red and black fruit mix with violet and wood notes. Fat and full-bodied palate with opulent and refined tannins. Very good balance and great aftertaste.

Reaches its prime between 2010-2018.

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Fabulous aromas of crushed raspberries and violets. Full-bodied, with very silky tannins and a long finish. Refined.
Barrel Sample: 89-91 Points
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Chateau Labegorce Zede

Chateau Labegorce Zede

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Chateau Labegorce Zede, , France - Bordeaux
Chateau Labegorce Zede
Chateau Labegorce Zede is part of the larger Chateau Labegorce family. It has 27 hectares of vines in production and the average age of the vines is 35 years.60% of the plantings are Cabernet Sauvignon 33% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The soils are 90% gravel/sand and 10% sand/silt. The wines are vinified in concrete vats and aged 15 months in 40% new wood.

Known for bold reds, crisp whites, and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place the primary emphasis upon its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally warm to hot. In the center of the country lies a vast, dry plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought. Because of its location on the Iberian Peninsula, many of Spain’s wine regions are located on or near the milder coast, either of the Bay of Biscay to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the northwest, or the Mediterranean sea to the south and east. Each of these regions has its own unique soil, climate, and topography, as well as principal grape varieties.

In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate, though elsewhere the most popular wines are generally red. Rioja is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from Viura. Ribera del Duero produces opulent, fruity, top-quality wines from almost exclusively Tempranillo. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, blends Garnacha with Cariñena (Carignan) to make bold, full-bodied wines with a hint of earthiness. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. Sherry, Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in Jerez. Since the 1990s, international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc have been steadily increasing in importance in several regions.

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With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

VCCBWPII_1134_15_05_2005 Item# 115380

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