2009 and 2010 are the years, when it is really worth while to try cheaper Bordeaux wines. The 2009 Chateau Labarde is such an example. I have never heard of this Chateau, but was pleasantly surprised. The wine is not complex, but shows pretty fruit and enough weight to fill the mouth with its redcurrant, plum and raspberry flavours. The wine is from the Haut-Medoc, bordering the Margeaux district. It consists of 61% Merlot and 39% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Merlot features clearly shine through here. The wine is dominated by its fruit flavours, but it is not sweet. The finish is neither long nor tannic.
This wine is a pleasant food wine. I cannot score it overly high, as the structure is basic, but on a personal level, it gave me a lot of enjoyment.