|Croix de Labrie - kleiner geht es wirklich nicht mehr. Noch 1998 hatte Croix de Labrie gerade mal einen Weinberg von einem halben Hektar. Die Barriques der ersten Jahrgänge standen in einem Nebenraum des Wohnzimmers von Michel Puzio-Lesage. Inzwischen ist die Rebfläche auf immerhin 2,3 Hektar gewachsen und die neuen Besitzer Axelle und Pierre Courdurie ließen einen neuen Keller bauen, in dem der Wein ausschließlich mit Schwerkraft bewegt wird. Die Cuvée von Croix de Labrie besteht zu 98% aus Merlot, die restlichen zwei Prozent teilen sich Cabernet Franc und Cabernet Sauvignon. Croix de Labrie reift bis zu 22 Monate in neuen Barriques, bevor er auf die Flasche gezogen wird.
93-95+ THE WINEADVOCATE: "Composed of 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon with a potential of 14.5% alcohol and aging in 100% new French oak barrels, the 2019 Croix de Labrie has a very deep purple-black color. The nose opens with some very classy cedary notes, giving way to a profound core of baked plums, blackberry preserves and blueberry pie with touches of licorice, chargrilled meats, mocha and eucalyptus with a waft of red roses. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, the palate has wonderful vibrancy for its weight, with a solid backbone of plush, ripe tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and fragrant. This chateau has been on a roll recently—I am more and more impressed every year."
97-98 JAMES SUCKLING: "This is really special and intense, showing incredible energy and brightness with perfumes that just jump out. Full body and incredible length. Changes all the time. So complex. Notes of iron, too. Love this. 97% merlot with cabernet sauvignon."
92-94 ANTONIO GALLONI: "The 2019 Croix de Labrie offers upfront black cherries, blackcurrant and cedar aromas on the nose, quite intense but well defined. The oak here is neatly assimilated. The palate is vibrant on the entry with layers of creamy black and blue fruit, silky smooth in texture with a modicum of restraint on the finish. It´s one of the best wines that I have tasted from this Saint-Émilion Grand Cru in recent years." - Neal Martin
90-92 ANTONIO GALLONI: "The 2019 Croix de Labrie is rich, creamy and expansive on the palate. Raspberry jam, mocha, spice, licorice and pomegranate build effortlessly. A hint of reduction lingers, but hopefully élevage will take care of that."
95-97 THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Inky dark purple in color, you know this is intense from the moment the wine hits your glass. Chocolate, vanilla, blackberry, blueberry, smoke, flowers, licorice, and raspberry notes take no effort to find. There is good lift, loads of crushed rocks, opulent, velvety textures, and layer after layer of chocolate-covered black cherries. This could be the best wine yet from Croix de Labrie! The wine is a blend of 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% alcohol."
95-97 JEB DUNNUCK: "This rising superstar estate in Saint-Emilion has produced another brilliant wine in 2019. Based largely on Merlot brought up in new French oak, it reveals a dense purple hue as well as a powerful bouquet of black raspberry and cassis interwoven with plenty of graphite, candied violets, cedary spice, and chocolatey oak. This powerful, full-bodied Saint-Emilion stays beautifully balanced and has building tannins, a vibrant spine of acidity, and classic minerality on the finish. It´s already hard to resist given the purity of fruit and silky tannins, but it´s going to benefit from 4-6 years of bottle age and keep for 20 years or more."