Croix de Labrie
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Jancis Robinson: 17/20
Inky crimson. Darkest of fruit and lightly charred. Already well in harmony with juicy freshness and red as well as black fruit. Supple, fragrant and charming. Long, too.
Wine Green: 95 Points
The nose is fruity, elegant, gourmand and offers a freshness, richness, a grain, power as well as elegance. It reveals notes of ripe cassis, black- berry and small notes of black cherry associated with ne touches of wild ripe raspberry, ne hints of graphite, violet as well as a discreet hint of corn ower, Cuben pepper, cardamom and liquorice. The palate is fruity, juicy, mineral, elegant and offers a beautiful de nition as well as a mineral / nely acidulous frame. On the palate this wine expresses notes of juicy / acidulous cassis, juicy / ripe raspberry and small notes of juicy / acidulous blackberry associated with ne hints of violet, liquorice as well as very discreet hints of spices and roasted (in the background / persistence) . A very discreet hint of bitterness of the cocoa on the nish. Good length.
Jean-Marc Quarin: 95-96 Points
The vintage offers a unique charm and is already very easy to access The ultimate is to find wines that add a little more power to this process I still note that this vintage does not collapse when decanted On the contrary , certain wines benefit fully from it I am thinking at this moment of Pontet Canet noted 17 (94) or Croix de Labrie noted 17.75 (95-96) or Petrus noted 18.5 (97).
Antonio Galloni (Vinous): 93 Points
The 2017 Croix de Labrie has turned out beautifully. Rich and ample on the palate, the 2017 possesses notable depth and textural resonance from start to finish Red cherry, raspberry jam, pomegranate, dried herbs, tobacco, incense and blood orange all meld together in a rich, creamy Saint-Émilion loaded with personality . This is such a gorgeous wine. Tasted two times.
Christer Byklum: 92 Points
Ruby Blueberries and anise, some spices, liquorice, vanilla, rich, coffee notes nose Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, anise, dark fruity, vanilla, spices, needs time to swallow the wood, long.
James Suckling: 96 Points
Blackberries, crushed stones and violets on the nose. Complex and exotic. Full body. Velvety and lightly chewy texture. Deep, dark fruit and a flavorful and intense finish. Great result for a hand-crafted wine. Wow. This is better than the 2016. From biodynamically grown grapes. Better in 2021.
Yves Beck: 93 Points
Complex bouquet, of good intensity, combining fruity (blackcurrant, blueberries) and spicy notes I also notice a touch of cocoa beans and liquorice wood On the palate, the wine is sweet and creamy in attack The tannins are elegant, well integrated, while the structure is lively and ensures a refreshing tension Fruity and persistent finish A great success. 2022-2032.
Jeb Dunnuck: 94 Points
This estate continued to fire on all cylinders, and Their 2017 Chateau Croix De Labrie is stunning stuff. Loaded with notions of creme de cassis, graphite, crushed violets, chocolate, and a kiss of classic Saint-Emilion minerality, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, polished tannins, a stacked mid-palate, and a great finish. It's another killer wine from this tiny, family-run estate that readers should snatch up. I suspect it will be even better with 2-4 years of bottle age and cruise for two decades.
Wine Advocate (Lisa Perrotti-Brown):
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Croix de Labrie is scented of baked blackberries, black cherry compote and warm plums with an earthy undercurrent and a waft of Indian spices. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm frame of grainy tannins and a refreshing line supporting the earthy layers, finishing on a black truffle note.