2010 Chateau Croix de Labrie

Year: 2010
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 95
James Suckling: 92
Jeff Leve: 94-95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$89.95

"Always one of the sexiest wines from Bordeaux, and probably best drunk in its first decade of life, this hedonistic fruit-bomb offers up oodles of jammy black cherry and black currant fruit interwoven with some floral notes, subtle oak, lead pencil shavings and a bit of toast. Voluptuous, full-bodied and silky smooth, with no aggressiveness, the tannins seem to melt on the palate, while the finish is long, supple and extravagant. Drink it over the next decade." (WA)

"Wonderful complex nose with roasted hazelnuts, cocoa powder, coffee and strawberries. Great intensity and body on the palate with vibrant focused fruit. Layered texture and ripe and chewy tannins. Wonderful wine from a excellent terroir. Needs time to soften. Try in 2017." (JS)

"2010 Croix de Labrie is produced from 100% old vine Merlot. Licorice, spice, crushed stone and ripe dark berries pair with ripe tannins, a lush, sexy, opulent mouth feel and rich, plummy textures. This is a truly sensuous, hedonistic wine made for pleasure seekers. Not much is made, which is too bad as wines like this deserve more attention. 94-95 Pts 94 points - Tasted Apr 22, 2011" (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.