2005 Chateau Croix de Labrie 6.0 L

Year: 2005
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 89-91
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 90-92
Jeff Leve: 93
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"Aromas of blackberry and minerals with hints of wood. Full- to medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Score range: 89-91 –JS" (WS)

"As most vintages of this small garagiste estate tend to be, the 2005 Croix de Labrie is truly sumptuous stuff. Made from 100% Merlot (only 300 cases produced), it possesses an inky/purple color to the rim as well as a nose that smells like blueberry and blackberry ice cream infused with floral, wood, and espresso scents. Superb intensity and purity as well as an exotic, ostentatious personality are impossible to resist. Not a classic claret, it is the antithesis of the aristocratic, noble Medocs, but what a ride it provides. Enjoy it over the next 10-15 years." (WA)

"Highly aromatic nose offers black raspberry, bitter chocolate and sweet oak tones (this is done entirely in Seguin-Moreau barrels). Sweet and fruity, with ripe, harmonious acidity framing the dark fruit and mineral flavors and contributing energy. Long and serious, but with considerable early sex appeal." (VM)

"This pops from the glass with licorice, blackberry and oak notes. In the mouth, the wine is lush and feels ripe. The tannins are elegant and supple. If you are seeking an upfront sex pot of an 05 St. Emilion look no further, this is it. I would drink it in the first 15 years of life 93 points - Tasted Jul 12, 2008" (JL)

Winery Notes:
Château Croix de Labrie (100 % Merlot) produces about 200 to 400 cs, Chapelle de Labrie around 500 cs and Les Hauts de Croix de Labrie around 800 cs depending on the vintage.

Château Croix de Labrie, classified Grand Cru, is part of the Grand Vin de Bordeaux and is now considered as one of the rarest and one of the great wines of Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion with Ausone, Angelus, La Mondotte, Pavie, Valandraut, Cheval Blanc.

Rare and unique wines of Château Croix de Labrie are rich, dense, very fruity, with perfect ripeness. A very elegant very deep color, with lots of finesse. An ability to age for more than 15 years, but in his youth Croix de Labrie brings a lot of power, balance and freshness.