94 Insider Points
90 Points - The Wine Cellar Insider
This Saint-Émilion Grand Cru is a powerful and expressive red that will fit nicely in your cellar and serve you well at the dinner table for the next 5-7 years. Black cherry, graphite, pipe tobacco and licorice all blend on the firm and well structured palate. Stiff tannin and a well balanced acidity hold hands through the long and lingering finish. Enjoy now through 2024. - DZ Aug 2017
"New ownership. Attractive fruit. Fleshy but fresh. Delicate but ripe tannins. Drinking Window 2016 - 2023" - Decanter
"Dark ruby with purple reflexes, wider edge brightening, ripe red berry fruit, floral touch, tender for dried fruit, candied orange zest. Footed, less complex, delicate spice notes, fresh acidity arch, slightly flaky finish, black olives in the aftertaste." Fallstaff Magazine
"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." - The Wine Cellar Insider
St. Emilion, Bordeaux
So hard to find and so worth the search, this St. Emilion is as seductive a Bordeaux as you will find. Low in acid, high in plush satisfaction, and with only six barrels produced for the entire U.S. inventory, our Sourcing Team was lucky enough to scoop up the last of this delightful vintage hailing from a Robert Parker 94+ point pedigree.
Reasons why we love it
- The winemaker of all winemakers. Michel Roland is a Bordeaux legend. Wine Spectator called him a “top gun” over 10 years ago, and his reputation has not let down. “And the Frenchman's list of clients doesn't stop in California. He works with serioius producers in just about every major winemaking region on the globe.” However, he definitely tops the charts at home in Bordeaux.
- A very small Grand Cru St. Emilion. In fact, Chateau Croix de Labrie is a contender for one of the smallest. The beautiful little treasure is made famous by Owners Michel and Ghislaine Puzio-Lesage.
- 100% Merlot. Described by some as “sex in a bottle,” this wine comes to us from a stunning tiny vineyard that sits next to Chateau Pavie. At just 2.3 hectares on the right bank, this vineyard is 98% Merlot. Old vines average 40 years of age planted is some of the best clay, sand and limestone soils.
- Grand Cru? You’re probably familiar. The tight production restrictions show us there is some serious quality in the bottle and set it apart from those everyday drinkers. Restricted yields and extended bottle ageing before the producer can release it for sale are just two of the stipulations put in place that make this wine superior.
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.
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.
This wine pairs well 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.