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Chateau Croix de Labrie History, Overview
Chateau Croix de Labrie was a contender for one of the smallest, Grand Cru St. Emilion estates ith the property started out in 1991. At the time, the vineyard was a scant 2 hectares of vines. During its formative years, the estate was owned by and made famous by Michel and Ghislaine Puzio-Lesage.
In those early days, Michel Puzio was also well-known in Saint Emilion for his wine store, which was located just inside the village, La Cave de l’Ermitage.
The Puzio family sold Chateau Croix de Labrie to Axelle Courdurie and Pierre Courdurie in 2013. The debut vintage for the new owners was more than difficult as 2013 was the worst vintage in 40 years. In fact, they were only able to produce 4 barrels of wine that year!
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 5.9-hectare, Right Bank vineyard of Croix de Labrie is planted to 80% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc. The vines are old, averaging about 50 years of age. They also have some very old vines. Some of their Cabernet Sauvignon vines are over 100 years of age!
New plantings in the vineyards are at a higher level of density at 6,500 vines per hectare. They also have a tiny parcel of vines placed close to the chateau planted to 10,900 vines per hectare.
Some of their best terroirs are located not that far from Chateau Pavie with limestone soils, which is where you find much of their Cabernet Sauvignon. While another of their best parcels is placed close to Valandraud which is where you find more deep clay. Yields here are purposely maintained low to increase concentration.
In fact, the yields are often 30 hectoliters or less per hectare. The vineyards are farmed using only organic and biodynamic farming techniques. Chateau Croix de Labrie was certified as organic in 2021.
20% of the wine from 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. Starting with the 2016 vintage, they began aging the wine on its lees for longer periods, adding more color and concentration.
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.
The best vintages of Chateau Croix de Labrie are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009, 2005 and 2000.
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 wine’s name.
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 and 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 latter part of the 1990s. The production of Croix de Labrie was small enough to be aged in the owner’s living room or garage. Jean Luc Thunevin consults the Bordeaux wine-making at the estate along with Michel Rolland.
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.
Château Croix de Labrie Wine Tasting Notes
26 Vintages 109,338 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2020||Château Croix de Labrie (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Inky dark purple, almost opaque in color, the wine explodes with a boatload of cassis, black plum liqueur, chocolate, smoke, licorice and espresso. Thick, dense and powerful, the wine paints your palate with chocolate-covered black and blue fruit, licorice and black forest cake. With its velvet textures and endless layers of sweet, ripe, supple textured fruits, this is clearly another step-up in quality for Croix de Labrie. 95-97 Pts
1,590 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2019||Château Croix de Labrie (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Inky dark purple in color, you know this is intense from the moment the wine hits your glass. Chocolate, vanilla, blackberry, blueberry, smoke, flowers, licorice, and raspberry notes take no effort to find. There is good lift, loads of crushed rocks, opulent, velvety textures, and layer after layer of chocolate-covered black cherries. This could be the best wine yet from Croix de Labrie! The wine is a blend of 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% alcohol. 95-97 Pts
2,975 Views Tasted May 4, 2020
|2018||Château Croix de Labrie (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Espresso, plum, smoke, incense, black coffee, black cherry and wet earth notes are on the nose and palate. The wine is rich, ripe, lush, full-bodied, round and fruity. The fruits are ripe, sweet, opulent and fresh with real staying power, silky tannins and freshness. The wine is a blend of 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is the second vintage for Hubert de Bouard as the consultant for Croix de Labrie. 95 Points
952 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Black plum liqueur, clay, smoke, licorice and spice are all over the place. Concentrated and quite sexy, the wine is polished, sensuous velvety and stony. The fruit on the palate runs the gamut from black to blue to red. Made from 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, it reached 14.2% alcohol. This is the second vintage for Hubert de Bouard as the consultant for Croix de Labrie. 94-96 Pts
2,090 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2018||Château Croix de Labrie Stella Solare Blanc (Bordeaux)|
The nose is quite sweet with all its honeysuckle, candied orange and white peach notes. Lush and creamy on the palate with loads of lemon and tropical fruit with a dab of honey in the finish, you can enjoy this on release. The wine is a blend of 60% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Sauvignon Gris. 92 Points
1,672 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Yellow and orange citrus with honeysuckle and white peach on the nose and in the mouth. The wine is juicy, fresh and with the pop of acidity to lift the wine on your palate. You can enjoy this on release. 92 Points
1,578 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2018||Château Croix de Labrie Chapelle de Labrie (St. Émilion)|
Lush, soft and silky with a core of cocoa covered cherries, licorice, smoke and espresso, this forward, round, fruit filled wine is already showing well. It is perfect to enjoy over the next few years while waiting for its big brother to develop. 92 Points
497 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Smoky with licorice, blackberry, dark cherry and even darker chocolate on the nose, the wine is forward, opulent, lush and silky. This supple textured, ripe wine can be enjoyed early or aged for a few years before popping a cork. 91-93 Pts
988 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Croix de Labrie (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Youthful as you would expect, the wine is on the fresh, bright, red fruit side with soft, polished tannins and a nice sweetness to the fruits. The oak is close to fully integrated, allowing you to savor all the sweet, ripe, red pit fruits and berries. Still, this is quite primary, so give it at least 5 years of cellaring before popping a bottle. 93 Points
2,258 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2021
I like the combination of freshness, ripe fruits, supple textures and lift. Deep in color, the licorice, black cherry, smoke, espresso and thyme pop in the nose. Medium/full-bodied, juicy, sweet, rich and lifted, give this a few years in the cellar for more roundness to develop. 93 Points
2,034 Views Tasted Jul 18, 2020
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. 93 Points
1,844 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. 92 Points
1,222 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. 89 Points
1,137 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Croix de Labrie (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
The spicy nose comes along with flowers, incense, black with blue fruit and toasty oak. Rich, full and concentrated, the wine is fresh, structured, bright and filled with soft, polished dark red fruits. But this seems to be holding on to its adolescence for a bit longer than anticipated. So give it 3-4 more years in the bottle and it should soften and better integrate. 94 Points
2,409 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2021
Licorice, dark chocolate, plums and smoke help create a plush, silky, polished, velvet textured wine, focusing on layers of dark chocolate covered, smoky plums and espresso. This is a very good wine but it is going to take some time for the oak to fully integrate into the wine, so wqt at least 5-7 years before opening a bottle. The wine is made from a final blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon,. 94 Points
2,333 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
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. 94 Points
3,506 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2016||Château Croix de Labrie Chapelle de Labrie (St. Émilion)|
Ripe, juicy dark red fruits create the core of the wine, which also shows plummy red fruits, espresso, licorice, cocoa and round textures. 90 Points
960 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
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. 90 Points
1,419 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. 90 Points
1,373 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. 88 Points
1,966 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Croix de Labrie (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Flowers, licorice, espresso, smoke, herbs and ripe dark cherries permeate the perfume. Soft, polished, lusciously textured on the palate, the silky finish shares the stage with ripe plums, savory herbs, sweet cherries and a touch of coffee bean. Give this 2-3 years more age in the bottle and it will be showing even better. 94 Points
2,289 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2021
Luscious, opulent, ripe, rich fruits are all over the place here. Accompanied by licorice, chocolate, smoke, plums, cherries and espresso. Hedonistically styled, concentrated, round and deep, this is still in the primary stage. A few more years in the cellar will add a lot to this beauty. 94 Points
2,995 Views Tasted Jul 29, 2020
Forward, opulent, silky, lushly textured wine with loads of ripe black cherries, juicy plums, velvety tannins and a sensuous, dark cherry, licorice, chocolate and smoke-filled finish. You can enjoy this hedonistic sexy wine in its youth, or age it for further development. 95 Points
4,073 Views Tasted Nov 8, 2019
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. 94 Points
3,089 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. 92 Points
2,869 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. 88 Points
1,323 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2014||Château Croix de Labrie (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Ready to drink. No decanting needed to enjoy this beauty. Medium-bodied, with soft, silky textures, fresh, sweet, round cherries, plum, truffle, licorice and earthy notes are on the nose and palate. This should be at its best over the next 10-12 years. 92 Points
2,108 Views Tasted May 17, 2020
Truffle, wet forest, herb and cherry centered, medium bodied, wine, with a spicy almost peppery, dark red berry and herb finish. 91 Points
4,233 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
4,093 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. 90 Points
2,259 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
2,794 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
3,715 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
2,719 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. 93 Points
3,266 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
4,843 Views Tasted Apr 22, 2011
|2009||Château Croix de Labrie (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Fully mature, this opulently textured wine is all about the palate texture. The nose, with its combination of truffle, licorice, dark cocoa and plums is the perfect starter for this hedonistic treat. Drink this now and over the next 12-15 years. 94 Points
1,782 Views Tasted Sep 26, 2019
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. 94 Points
3,165 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. 92 Points
2,836 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. 92 Points
3,106 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. 90 Points
2,852 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 93 Points
3,179 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... 92 Points
2,539 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. 94 Points
3,073 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 94 Points
2,509 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. 92 Points
2,826 Views Tasted Oct 13, 2008