Château Croix de Labrie is located in Saint-Emilion Grand Cru which inevitably think of Burgundy and its mosaic of plots and producers. Indeed, our vineyards cover around 5 acres in the heart of the appellation.
We pay particular attention to the vine in order to express the maximum of the terroir. The vineyard is handled by Axelle Courdurié, as a small diamond, from pruning to the harvest, the vinification and ageing with the guidance of the team of Michel Rolland. Very mindful of detail, accuracy Axelle brings her feminine sensitivity to all our wines from Croix de Labrie.
The plots are located on Badon (near Pavie), St. Sulpice (beside the first parcel of Valandraud) and Saint Christophe des Bardes beside our cellar (dating from 1687). The terroir of Badon is composed of sand and clay with a basement limestone. Soil drainage, brings us finesse. The St. Sulpice compound is serious with clays which cause more depth and density. And finally Saint Christophe des Bardes on clay-limestone soil bringing complexity and density. The vines are more than 98 % Merlot, we have a few rows of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon in St Sulpice.
W e work the soil , plowing, pruning in double guyot. The goal is to have a balanced of 6 bunches per feet, with a density of 6000 vines/hectare. Stripping, green harvesting and against stripping before harvest to mature.
Only the matured grapes are harvested, resulting in extremely low yields: 25hl/ha. Again, accuracy, detail. The harvest is manual, with small crates to avoid damaging the grapes. Several passages in rank to pick only the ripe grapes.
The grapes are sorted by a vibrating table and then we manually sort and select grain by grain. Then the grapes are going by gravity to small vats which are temperature control. The wine is made in small tanks so that to work small amounts of juice and hence be strict on the selection.
Once the alcoholic fermentation is complete, malolactic fermentation is made in new barrels of French oak, medium toast long. Once malolactic completed: ageing in new barrels continues for at least 18 months after the vintage.
There are treasures that are discovered only as confidential or almost. Jewels in their prestigious setting, the Saint-Emilion Château Croix de Labrie beverages are an exception, those who marvel he palate and let an indelible impression. Axelle & Pierre Courdurié, winemakers and owners, have the passion and talent of those who, with infinite accuracy, express their wines by the depth and richness of the soils.
In the early 90s, was born the term "garagist wine", which refers to the precision with humor and great wines of Saint-Émilion products in small quantities "in a garage instead of a chai" ... the art excellence through caring for the vineyard and winery, without drastic measures. Classified Grand Cru Château Croix de Labrie is one of them, praised by top critics, perhaps the biggest of the small most prestigious areas. A longtime wines connoisseur from France and the World, Pierre Courdurié likes to say of his domain he is led in the manner of small areas of Burgundy. Here is the whole logic of dominant soil. Saint-Émilion? Better than this! 2.52 ha of farming does not make a great wine, but three. Parcels of land of Badon, near Pavie born the jewel of the area: the Château Croix de Labrie Grand Cru. Varietal 100% merlot, and better 4000 bottles per year. La Chapelle de Labrie (3000 bottles per year) from plots of Saint-Sulpice-de-Faleyrens. Where Cabernet Franc blends with the majority of Merlot. Same grapes for micro plots of Saint-Christophe-des-bardes, and about 6000 bottles, depending on the year, Les Hauts de Croix de Labrie produced.
Axelle Courdurié is the alchemist field. Since the 90s, his passion for wine has led to an understanding of increasingly pointed their secrets to Château Croix de Labrie where she can express her talent in wines of rare elegance and popular delicacy. "Talented woman," says Pierre Courdurié, but talent as an expert. The epitome of fruit and terroir, a total quest at all times. Here is sought the perfect ripeness of the grapes in the vineyards, gardens conducted in sustainable agriculture. Handpicking, fragmented and traditional vinification in vats and oak barrels (French oak) ... and that's rare and beautiful microcuvées impressive and truly magnificent result. Enjoy it en primeur ... or 15 years later! The flavors? It is your own opinion, but the greatness and freshness of Château Croix de Labrie takes on a special meaning with a Bresse chicken, grilled meats, or Rossini Tournedos, cheese. Château Croix de Labrie, Chapel Labrie, Les Hauts de Croix de Labrie ... wonderful Saint-Émilion highly sought after, the area offers direct sales from the Chateau and in your best wine stores.
Château Croix de Labrie (100 % Merlot) produces about 200 to 400 cs, Chapelle de Labrie around 500 cs and Les Hauts de Croix de Labrie around 800 cs depending on the vintage.
Château Croix de Labrie, classified Grand Cru, is part of the Grand Vin de Bordeaux and is now considered as one of the rarest and one of the great wines of Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion with Ausone, Angelus, La Mondotte, Pavie, Valandraud, Cheval Blanc.
Rare and unique wines of Château Croix de Labrie are rich, dense, very fruity, with perfect ripeness. A very elegant very deep color, with lots of finesse. An ability to age for more than 15 years, but in his youth Croix de Labrie brings a lot of power, balance and freshness.
The wines from Chapelle de Labrie are from our young vines, mainly from Saint-Sulpice terroir.
A blend of 90% Merlot, bringing elegance, roundness and plum, and 10% Cabernet for the red fruits and freshness.
Aged in French oak barrel during 14 to 16 months. Chapelle de Labrie will match red meats, poultry, duck confit, cheese.
Les Hauts de Croix de Labrie are from young vines from several plots in Saint-Émilion terroirs.
With 85% Merlot imparts rowdiness, elegance, plum, while the 15% Cabernet Franc brings white spices, cassis and a superb freshness.
Aged in French oak barrel during an average of 14 months with 50% new oak barrel and 50% of one year old. Les Hauts de Croix de Labrie will match with red meats, poultry, lamb, cheese.
Camille de Labrie is the name of our daughter who also designed the label.
With our wine, we want to share with you the conviviality and our working philosophy.
Aged during 16 months, with 10 months in barrel, Camille de Labrie offers floral notes, raspberry and cassis, with a beautiful structure, finesse and elegance.
80% Merlot et 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.
" The 2016 Croix de Labrie comes from vines down the slope from Pavie on clay and chalk soils, plus a vein of shale. It is a blend of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon that is 100 years old, from 2.5 hectares in total. One-fifth of the crop is fermented in 500-litrr barrels. It is 14.39% alcohol. It is matured in 100% new oak (500-liter barrels). It has a simple bouquet with pretty black fruit, touches of pressed flowers, just a hint of vanilla. The palate is medium-bodied with a light grip on the entry, tobacco-tinged black fruit. There is a good level of acidity here, quite structured but with a slightly abrupt finish. It should flesh out a little during its barrel maturation and it actually improved when I returned to the glass after 40 minutes. "
" Deep, dark crimson. Colour right out to the rim. Intense but lively nose. Very ripe and luscious but with energy. Great stuff! Really very accomplished. Obviously very carefully made - essence of the appellation with dried but not drying fruit character and lots of luscious plumminess. Masses of tannin almost completely hidden by the dramatic but precise fruit. Very successful. "
" Pourpre profond. Bouquet complexe, filigrane révélant des notes de griottes, myrtilles, réglisse et lard fumé. A l’aération je relève des notes de poivre et une belle touche minérale avec de la craie. Mise en bouche élégante, fruitée et rafraîchissante. Le corps est compact, crémeux et équilibré. Les tannins se révèlent lentement, présentent un grain très fin et sont en symbiose avec la structure. Cette dernière soutient idéalement le fruit, jusqu’en finale. Beaucoup de finesse et de persistance en finale. 2022–2042 "
" Le meilleur jamais fait ! Couleur sombre, intense et belle. Nez fruité de type mûr, avec une touche de cerise, d’épices, de violette. Particulièrement appétant. Bouche ample et charnue à l’attaque, se développant savoureuse sur un toucher noble et un corps sans cesse moelleux. Grande finale savoureuse et complexe. Un délice à la tannicité élégante. Bravo ! 90 % de merlot lui donne une forte note plaisir plus 10 % cabernet sauvignon. "
" Quite floral, with truffle, licorice, cocoa, black cherry, smoke and plum notes. The plush, polished, supple textured wine blends freshness with juicy, ripe, soft fruits. The wine is made from a blend of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon , reaching 14.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.49. "
" Tout comme en 2015, le vin est fortement coloré avec des arômes épicés et boisés. Le vin est souple et ample, boisé, suave, avec des tannins bien présents, mais l’ensemble est bien enveloppé avec un équilibre supérieur au 2015 grâce à un soupçon de fraîcheur. Belle réussite. Il a été élaboré avec 92 % de merlot et 8 % de cabernet-sauvignon et il titre 14,5 °. 3-10 ans. "
" The depth and richness here are impressive, yet this remains vivid and brilliant. Medium to full body, soft and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Energetic. One hectare of almost all merlot with a touch of cabernet sauvignon. "
" Beautiful purple appearance, nose is rich, complex but surprisedly fresh and elegant, which shows dark fruits, black chocolate and red flowers like violet. Palate is delicious and gourmet with highly concentrated tannins having excellent creamy texture. Finish is extremely long with freshness, high quality tannins and perfect concentration. "
" Axelle and Pierre Courdurié continue their progress Croix de Labrie. This year, their wine is one of the 13 best St. Emilions! The Croix de Labrie was harvested from 2 to 16 October and consists of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. 20% were fermented in new 500-liter tonneaux, the rest in the tank at a maximum of 26 ° C, the removal takes place in 100% new barrels. Solid black color. Wide, deep bouquet with enormous fullness, ripened fruit aromas, large extract sauces with liqueuric head note and fresh, crunchy red berry component, fine wood in it, very intense. Wide open mouth and relaxed, quite relaxed and full-bodied, with deep chocolate-cherry structure, with acidity and good tension, as well as polished, long tannins. Long, sweet back aroma with power and flesh, very spicy and powerful. Despite its large volume and viscous texture, it is light-footed and elegant. An impressive, deep Croix de Labrie with feminine delicacy and gripping-full fruit. "
" The 2016 Croix de Labrie is a luscious, intense wine. Dark red cherry, chocolate, espresso and spice all flesh out in a deep, resonant Saint Émilion endowed with notable personality. This is very nicely done. Croix de Labrie emerges from a 3.58 hectare parcel in Saint Émilion's Saint Christophe des Bardes district. "
" The 2015 Croix de Labrie has a very precise bouquet, pure black cherry and cassis fruit with well-integrated new oak that lifts beautifully from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, supple tannin, quite modern in style but with a very attractive silky texture, and retaining sufficient freshness and brightness on the seductive black cherry and kirsch finish. Give it 4-5 years in bottle, if you can resist. "
" A standout Saint-Emilion in my tastings was the 2015 Croix De Labrie from proprietors Axelle and Pierre Courdurié and it’s a wine savvy readers should snatch up. Made from 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, it boasts an awesome nose of crème de cassis and black raspberry fruit intermixed with hints of toasty oak and espresso. With medium to full-bodied depth and richness on the palate, ripe tannin, and a great mid-palate, it needs 3-4 years of bottle age to integrate its oak and gain complexity, and will keep for upwards of two decades. It’s a beauty! "
" The 2015 Croix de Labrie is bold and intense, but also a bit rough around the edges, especially in its tannins. There is good depth to the plummy red fruit flavors but the alcohol is slightly out of balance and the contours need more polish. Still, there appears to be good underlying potential. "
" Deep in color with chocolate mint, licorice, spicy black cherries and a hint of truffle on the nose, this wine tastes like a blend of black cherry liqueur and dark chocolate. Silky in nature with the structure to evolve, this is a very nice vintage for Croix de Labrie. The wine is made from 100% Merlot and reached 14% alcohol. "
" This is fabulous with incredible depth and power. Full and very velvety textured. Great ripe tannins. Very polished and textured. Sexy. Made from only one hectare. Pure merlot. "
" Ma meilleure note donnée à ce cru en primeur. Depuis 2013, ce cru offre un des plus beaux touchers de bouche de Saint-Emilion. Goûté quatre fois avec des assemblages variant de 90 % à 100 % merlot, le cru a gardé le même niveau de note. Il brille par une couleur sombre et un nez pur au fruité mûr. Mais c’est surtout en bouche où il se distingue en associant suavité du goût, puissance de la structure, noblesse de la texture, de l’allant, des tannins fins. L’ensemble est finement crémeux et délicatement parfumé sans aucun angle. C’est long et beau. La note plaisir y est particulièrement forte. "
" Purple with garnet reflections. Juvenile bouquet revealing notes of cocoa beans, liquorice, black fruits such as blueberries and prunes. At aeration the nose gains in character and precision. I note notes of chalk and mint. The palate, the body has size and race. This Croix de Labrie is endowed with a lively tension which gives it crunchy and which supports well the fruit at the end of mouth. The tannins are perfectly coated and reveal themselves slowly. Mineral notes at the end of the mouth, persistent finish. A very nice success with excellent potential of care. 2022-2040 "
" This shows the ripeness of the vintage, with dark plum, fig and boysenberry fruit carried by hefty but polished tannins. There's ample toast, but the fruit can handle it. "
" Dark crimson. Sweet and polished with some oak in evidence. Very sweet start and just not over the top. Well bought! This should satisfy many palates for its voluptuousness. Chapeau, Messrs Thunevin and Rolland! Pretty alcoholic but fun. "
«Bomb alert! This Saint-Emilion [...] subjugates with his intense nose, black fruit, licorice, eucalyptus. A high-end #Merlot, pomerolesque.»
« Pretty black olives and chocolate and plum undertones. Medium to full body, round and soft tannins and a juicy finish. Mostly merlot. Drink now. »
" Rouge rubis aux reflets grenats. Belle intensité olfactive avec des notes légèrement fumées et beaucoup de fruit. Agréable touche minérale. La mise en bouche confirme les aptitudes du bouquet avec une belle intensité fruitée. Il y a du croquant et de la fraîcheur. Un vin équilibré, juteux, parfaitement équilibré et doté de tannins soyeux. "
" Le Camille de Labrie c’est une histoire de famille. Une belle et savoureuse histoire. Tout d’abord parce que c’est un couple, Axelle et Pierre Courdurié qui sont propriétaires du domaine. Axelle, est l’alchimiste passionnée qui nous proposedes vins d’une élégance et d’une vérité peu commune même dans cette cuvée produite à partir d’une sélection des meilleurs raisins de l’appellation, ce qui en fait d’office une fière représentante de l’appellation «Bordeaux». De son côté, Pierre voit principalement à la commercialisation, alors que la jeune fille du couple «Camille» a donné son nom à cette cuvée en plus d’y dessiner l’étiquette. Dans cette gamme de prix, c’est l’un des Bordeaux les plus sexy et les mieux faits que j’ai pu déguster ces dernières années. Bien structuré, convivial et tout en finesse, c’est un vin qui donne le goût de boire de bon Bordeaux! "
" This is very velvety yet fine-grained and juicy.
A medium to full body is the backdrop to flavors of dark chocolate and minerals plus hints of walnut shells. 1.5-hectare vineyard. "
" This is a tiny parcel from vineyards planted in stony and sandy soil.
Full and soft and gorgeous. Decadent and velvety texture. Menthol and ripe fruit. "
" The is a floral wine with spice and strawberry character. Medium body, bright fruit and citrus and dried strawberries on the aftertaste.
Some wood character suggest a year or two would soften the wine. Better in 2020. "
" This really shows finesse and depth with a velvety texture and a juicy berry finish. Medium to full body and a fresh finish.
Lovely texture and finesse. So beautifully integrated. Tiny production. "
" Another tiny cru of 1.5 hectares shows wonderful depth and mineral character. Full and velvety. So much density and beauty.
Chili spice undertones. 80% merlot and the rest in cabernet sauvignon. "
" A very pretty white with lovely richness and a layered mouthfeel. It shows lots of character and length. Mostly semillon as well as sauvignon gris and sauvignon blanc. 1,500 bottles made. "
" The wine opens with a blend of 60% Semillon . 20% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Sauvignon Gris . The wine is all about the pure, fresh, just squeezed grapefruit, lemon and lime along with its crisp, fresh finish. It's not powerful, nor should it be, but its a nice summery wine with character. "
Passionate and uncompromising, Axelle brings her expertise to the production of all the wines from Croix de Labrie.
From vine to cellar, from pruning to winemaking, she works daily with one goal: to achieve excellence.
Globe Wine Trotter, Pierre travels the world since many years to highlight his partners' wines.
Today winemaker, he accompanied Axelle at the production, and carries the torch of Croix de Labrie wines around the globe.