2015 Château Croix de Labrie St. Émilion Grand Cru Wine Tasting Note


2015 Château Croix de Labrie  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Croix de Labrie Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

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.