Chateau Croix de Labrie Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2020 99pts
98-99 points James Suckling
The focus and texture of this wine is really something. It’s totally transparent with blackberries, blueberries, earth, stone and mushrooms. Flowers too. Full-bodied with firm tannins that give super form and length to this. Freshness. Almost all merlot with a tiny dash of cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. Perhaps the best ever? Certainly at the same level as the 2019. About 14,000 bottles made.
95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck
Wow. Awesome crème de cassis and black raspberry fruits as well as classic Saint-Emilion chalky minerality and floral notes emerge from the 2020 Château Croix De Labrie, and it's medium to full-bodied, with stunning purity, ripe, building tannins, and a great finish. It's slightly more vibrant and fresher than the 2018, yet is certainly in the same ballpark, if not better, qualitatively. This gem will be well worth seeking out.
95 points Wine Advocate
Deep purple-black in color, the 2020 Croix de Labrie wafts out of the glass with flamboyant notions of sandalwood, red roses, ground cloves and cedar chest, giving way to a core of stewed black plums, Morello cherries and boysenberries, plus a waft of bouquet garni. The medium to full-bodied palate has a rock-solid backbone of firm, ripe, rounded tannins and plenty of freshness, nicely framing the muscular black fruits, finishing long and spicy.
95 points Vinous
Outer quote mark The 2020 Croix de Labrie is superb. Rich, pliant and wonderfully expressive, it dazzles right out of the gate. Inky red fruit, rose petal, cinnamon, cedar, new leather and mint all build in the glass. Silky and plush, with terrific balance, the 2020 is shaping up to be a real jewel of a wine.
Known for its depth, complexity, and elegance. It may exhibit flavors of dark fruits, spices, and subtle oak nuances, with a firm structure and a long finish.
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Château Croix de Labrie was established in the early 2000s by owner and winemaker, Axelle Courdurié. She acquired the vineyard, which is a small 1.3-hectare plot, with the aim of producing high-quality, artisanal wines that reflect the unique terroir of Saint-Emilion.
located on a hillside with clay and limestone soils, typical of the Saint-Emilion region. The vineyard is planted with Merlot, which is the dominant grape variety in Saint-Emilion, along with some Cabernet Franc, and follows a traditional and artisanal approach to winemaking. The vineyard is managed using sustainable and organic practices, with a focus on minimal intervention in the cellar to allow the terroir to express itself in the wines. The yields are kept low to ensure concentration and quality in the grapes.
The wine is made from hand-harvested grapes and undergoes fermentation in small oak barrels. It is then aged in French oak barrels for a period of time to develop its flavors and complexity.
Despite being a relatively small winery, Château Croix de Labrie has gained recognition for its high-quality wines. The wines have received praise from wine critics for their depth, complexity, and elegance. They are known for their approachability in their youth, as well as their ability to age and improve over time.
Overall, Château Croix de Labrie is a boutique winery that produces limited quantities of high-quality wines from its small vineyard in the esteemed Saint-Emilion appellation. Its commitment to traditional winemaking methods and focus on terroir expression has earned it a reputation as one of the notable producers in the region.
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