Suckling: "So much cool blue fruit and flowers here with minerals and subtle clove notes. Black licorice and black pepper, too. Medium body with very fine yet firm tannins. Focused and linear. Vibrant. The energy keeps going. 87% merlot, 8% cabernet sauvignon and 5% cabernet franc. From biodynamically grown grapes."
Wine Cellar Insider: THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER:" Deeply colored, you find, espresso, licorice, dark chocolate, smoke, roses, black plums, black raspberries and wet earth on the nose. On the palate, the wine is round, lush, rich, flamboyant and loaded with chocolate-coated black cherries and licorice. Long, fruity and fresh, give it a year or so in the bottle and enjoy it for 15 or more years with ease. The wine is a blend of 90% Merlot with 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% ABV, 3.6 pH. The harvest took place September 30-October 16. Drink from 2024-2039."
Dunnuck: "Mostly Merlot blended with 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, the 2021 Château Croix De Labrie saw 80% new barrels, with the balance in once-used oak. Deep purple-hued, it offers beautiful notes of cassis, liquid violets, chalky minerality, and some beautifully integrated oak. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and nicely focused, yet with plenty of mid-palate depth and ripe tannins, this pure, elegant, concentrated 2021 will keep for 20+ years."
Falstaff: "Dunkles Rubingranat, violette Reflex, zarte Randaufhellung. Zarte Edelholzwürze, dunkle Waldbeeren, Nuancen von Brombeeren und frischen schwarzen Kirschen, einladendes Bukett. Saftig, elegant, süße Herzkirschen, lebendig strukturiert, reife Tannine, rote Fruchtnuancen, ein Hauch von Gewürznelken im Abgang, ein eleganter, finessenreicher Speisenwein mit Reifepotenzial."
Weinwisser: "90 % Merlot, 5 % Cabernet Franc, 5 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.98 Vol.-%. Intensives Bouquet, roter Johannisbeernektar, edle Cassiswürze, zarte Fliedernoten und Preiselbeergelee. Am delikaten Gaumen mit seidiger Textur, sehr straffem Säuregerüst, engmaschigem Tanningerüst und athletischem Körper. Im konzentrierten Finale rote und blaue Beeren, Graphit und pfeffriger Extrakt. Fällt zum Vorjahr leicht ab. Muss unbedingt reifen!"
Decanter: "Intense nose of ripe jammy fruit with touches of rose petal. Pleasing combination of softly sweet fruit and quite bitter elements - orange peel, dark chocolate and liquorice, which gives frame rather than unbalanced spice. Tannins are fine, but also chewy and plush - overall this has quite a presence in the mouth. Feels polished but also quite showy. Plenty to like. Michel Rolland consultancy."
Neal Martin: "The 2021 Croix de Labrie was picked at 25hL/ha between September 30 and October 16, and matured in
80% new oak. It has quite a perfumed, floral bouquet of violet-tinged red fruit, with a touch of blueberry
coming through. The harmonious palate is medium-bodied and silky-smooth, delivering pliant tannins and a
persistent finish. This is a very pleasant surprise. A great showing."
Wine Advocate: "Including 5% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc this year, the 2021 Croix de Labrie offers up aromas of dark berries, plums, red fruit compote, licorice and creamy new oak. Medium to full-bodied, rich and velvety, it's a lively, rather muscular wine with a fleshy core of fruit, tangy acids and powdery tannins. It attained almost 14% alcohol and will see maturation in 80% new oak."
Chateau Croix de Labrie
Chateau Croix de Labrie, D243, 33330 Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes, Frankreich