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Chateau Croix de Labrie History, Overview
Chateau Croix de Labrie is a contender for one of the smallest, Grand Cru St. Emilion estates. The estate was owned by and made famous by Michel and Ghislaine Puzio-Lesage. Michel Puzio was also well-known in St. Emilion for his wine store, located just inside the village, La Cave de l’Ermitage.
The Puzio family sold Chateau Croix de Labrie to the Axelle Courdurie and Pierre Courdurie family. The Courdurie family are the current owners of the estate and Axelle Courdurie is the winemaker. After taking over the property, the new owners built new, modern cellars that allowed for everything to move by gravity.
Chateau Croix de Labrie Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The tiny, 2.3 hectare, Right Bank vineyard of Croix de Labrie is planted to 98% Merlot, with the remaining 2% being split between Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard has a terroir of clay, sand and limestone soils.
The vines are old, averaging about 40 years of age. New plantings in the vineyards are at a higher level of density at 6,000 vines per hectare.
Some of their best terroir is located not that far from those of Chateau Pavie, while another parcel is close to Valandraud. Yields are purposely kept low to increase concentration. The yields are often 30 hectoliters or less per hectare. The vineyards are farm using only organic and biodynamic farming techniques.
A portion of the wine of Chateau Croix de Labrie is made using micro-vinification techniques, meaning that the wine was vinified entirely in French oak barrels.
The remaining grapes are vinified in stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in 100% new, French oak barrels. The wine is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for an average of 16 to 22 months before bottling.
Only 400 cases are produced of Chateau Croix de Labrie per vintage. There is a second wine which was called Petit Labrie. The name was changed to Chapelle de Labrie.
The fact that there is a second wine, with a production of only 400 cases for the Grand Vin should give you a clear idea on the type of quality they are striving to produce with the wines of Chateau Croix de Labrie.
They also produce another wine, Les Hauts de Croix de Labrie, which is cobbled together from young vines planted in various sites in the appellation.
In 2015, the estate introduced a new wine, Camille de Labrie, that is a user friendly, AOC Bordeaux wine. The label was designed by their pre teen daughter, Camille, who as you can surmise, is where they found the inspiration for the wines name.
When to Drink Chateau Croix de Labrie, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Croix de Labrie is much better with at least 7-10 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours, or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.
Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Croix de Labrie offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 8-20 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Croix de Labrie with Wine and Food Pairings
Chateau Croix de Labrie is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau Croix de Labrie is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Croix de Labrie is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Croix de Labrie Blanc
Starting with the 2015 vintage, the property began producing a white Bordeaux wine, Croix de Labrie Blanc. Produced from a blend of 60% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Sauvignon Gris, the wine is barrel fermented and aged in 100% new, French oak barrels.
There is no malolactic fermentation. The production is quite small. Less than 75 cases are produced each year. The wine is sold as a generic Bordeaux AOC wine.
Character ad Style of Chateau Croix de Labrie
Chateau Croix de Labrie is a hard to find Saint Emilion wine that can be called, Bordeaux sex in a bottle. The low acid, rich, opulent wine is lush, plush and decadent. With its open, forward style, it drinks well young. It is not a wine to age more than 12-18 years. But Croix de Labrie gives so much pleasure the moment it’s bottled, buyers should not be worried about how long it will age.
Chateau Croix de Labrie was one of the last remaining examples of a Garage Wine, a trend popular in the later part of the 1990’s. The production of Croix de Labrie was small enough to be aged in the owners living room or garage. Jean Luc Thunevin consults the Bordeaux wine making at the estate along with Michel Rolland.
Château Croix de Labrie Wine Tasting Notes
21 Vintages 60,355 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2017||Château Croix de Labrie (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Succulent textures, sweet, ripe, black cherry, plum, anisette and chocolate are all over the place. The wine is supple, fat, fresh, weighty and long. Made from 100% Merlot, this delight marks the debut of Hubert de Bouard as consultant for Croix de Labrie.
1,294 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2017||Château Croix de Labrie Blanc (Bordeaux)|
Mouthwatering crispiness, perfectly ripe citrus with white peach, roses and honeysuckle, this wine has an enticing amount of amatory acidity. The wine was made from a blend of 60% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Sauvignon Gris.
936 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2017||Château Croix de Labrie Chapelle de Labrie (St. Émilion)|
Medium bodied, forward and on the fresh side with plummy fruits and hints of licorice, this wine is great for early drinking and kind of a little miracle as the estate suffered damage to 80% of their vineyard.
857 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Croix de Labrie (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Quite floral, with truffle, licorice, cocoa, black cherry, smoke and plum notes. The plush, polished, supple textured wine blends freshness with juicy, ripe, soft fruits. The wine is made from a blend of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, reaching 14.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.49.
1,786 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2016||Château Croix de Labrie Chapelle de Labrie (St. Émilion)|
From a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, this medium-bodied wine is forward in style with a sensation of minerality and sweet, fresh cherries and red plums.
985 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2016||Croix de Labrie Blanc (Bordeaux)|
The wine opens with a blend of 60% Semillon. 20% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Sauvignon Gris. The wine is all about the pure, fresh, just squeezed grapefruit, lemon and lime along with its crisp, fresh finish. It's not powerful, nor should it be, but its a nice summery wine with character.
1,174 Views Tasted Apr 20, 2017
|2016||Château Croix de Labrie Les Hauts (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
From a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, this medium-bodied wine is forward in style with a sensation of minerality and sweet, fresh cherries and red plums. The wine comes from a small 1.5 hectare parcel of vines planted close to Libourne, northwest of St. Emilion.
1,036 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Croix de Labrie (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Showing a depth of color, this is rich, fat, opulent, sexy and full of silky, velvet textured fruits. This is all about the sensuous textures and finish.
2,129 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
Deep in color with chocolate mint, licorice, spicy black cherries and a hint of truffle on the nose, this wine tastes like a blend of black cherry liqueur and dark chocolate. Silky in nature with the structure to evolve, this is a very nice vintage for Croix de Labrie. The wine is made from 100% Merlot and reached 14% alcohol.
2,230 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2015||Croix de Labrie Blanc (Bordeaux)|
From a blend of 60% Semillon. 20% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Sauvignon Gris, this is the debut vintage for hits new Bordeaux Blanc from the team at Croix de Labrie. Honeysuckle and grapefruit in the nose, the wine is deep in color, with a sweet, grapefruit rind sensation in the finish. Drink this on release.
1,071 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2014||Château Croix de Labrie (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Truffle, wet forest, herb and cherry centered, medium bodied, wine, with a spicy almost peppery, dark red berry and herb finish.
3,389 Views Tasted Jul 2, 2017
Chocolate, licorice and truffle accents with a soft, fresh, polished, black cherry personality and plush, supple textures that are available from the get-go. 91-93 Pts
3,669 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2015
|2013||Château Croix de Labrie (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Forward, with an espresso, cocoa and smoky, plum nose, the wine is medium bodied, with a mineral note in the soft textured, black raspberry and earth filled finish.
1,899 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
Fresh plum, earth and cocoa aromas move to a soft, round wine that will be fun to enjoy in its first 5-7 years of life. Only 100 cases were produced this year. 88-90 Pts
2,422 Views Tasted Apr 28, 2014
|2012||Château Croix de Labrie (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Produced from small parcel of 100% old vine Merlot, the wine pops with rich scents of chocolate covered cherries, licorice and coffee. This medium bodied wine is forward, round, soft and sweet. 91-93 Pts
3,052 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Château Croix de Labrie (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Croix de Labrie is produced from 100% old vine Merlot. Deep purple in color with fresh blackberry, chocolate, coffee and plum aromas, the wine is supple in texture with lush, sweet, black cherries. 92-93 Pts
2,339 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2012
|2010||Château Croix de Labrie (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Still dark in color, while the wine is tight, you can find truffles, licorice, smoke and wet forest smells if you look for them. Structured and silky, long and fresh, the wine leaves you with silky, fresh, black raspberries and dark chocolate. Give it some time in the bottle before you pop a cork.
2,813 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
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
4,457 Views Tasted Apr 22, 2011
|2009||Château Croix de Labrie (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Supple, sensuous and sexy, this forward word is all about pleasure without waiting. In today's world, or after a hard day, that's not such a bad idea. Add licorice, espresso, pure black cherry and silky, polished tannins and it's even better. This is not a wine to age for decades, but it's also not a wine that needs decades to offer its charms. Drink now, or wait 5 years and enjoy it.
2,806 Views Tasted Mar 3, 2014
|2008||Château Croix de Labrie (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
The perfume offers licorice, chocolate covered espresso beans, black cherry liqueur, wet earth and boysenberry aromas. Supple, polished and silky, low in acidity, yet fresh, the lush wine finishes with sweet, ripe, black cherries and cocoa.
2,131 Views Tasted Aug 28, 2015
|2006||Château Croix de Labrie (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Flowers, chalk, fresh herbs, mint, wood and plums. Plushly textured, medium bodied, with freshness and vibrant energy, you can drink this now, or age it for a bit longer.
2,736 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
This vintage produced a more structured style for the Chateau. Tannins are abundant and the profile is a little beefier than usual. Although ample ripeness, color and roundness can be found, this will not deliver the up-front, hedonistic style they are known for.
2,540 Views Tasted Jun 9, 2008
|2005||Château Croix de Labrie (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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
2,867 Views Tasted Jul 12, 2008
|2001||Château Croix de Labrie (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Fleshy, flashy and layered with chocolate covered plums, vanilla, truffle and licorice, this sensuous St. Emilion is fully mature. It's not a wine to make old bones. It's drinking great today. Pop it and enjoy...
2,341 Views Tasted May 31, 2012
|2000||Château Croix de Labrie (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
This is a sexy little wine made for hedonists. Rich, velvety, plush waves of dark chocolate covered plums, licorice and minerals fill your palate. This 100% Merlot is drinking perfectly today. Owners should drink this wine young to capture its fruit and vitality.
2,747 Views Tasted Mar 5, 2010
With its coffee, fennel, black fruit nose is a treat. The fruit is silk and velvet. Already showing well, this sexed up wine is a lot of fun to drink
2,195 Views Tasted Jul 12, 2008
|1998||Château Croix de Labrie (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
This very lush, voluptuous expression of St. Emilion is a wine for hedonists. Filled with ripe blackberry, floral, mocha and chocolate notes, the wine delivers a beautiful silky finish. The wine might improve a little bit over the next few years, but owners should opt for drinking it sooner than later.
2,454 Views Tasted Oct 13, 2008