Bright medium ruby. Exotic aromas of cherry, coffee and roasted oak; strong element of torrefaction. Lush, dense and minerally; fat and full. Seems more energetically extracted than the 2000 but has the density and sweetness of fruit to support it. Finishes with very ripe tannins and strong fruit. A sexy wine in the making.
Even more impressive from bottle than barrel, the 2000 Croix de Labrie is sumptuous. A sensational effort, there are only 9,000 bottles of the big, blockbuster 2000. It boasts superb purity along with the essence of cassis and black cherry liqueur-like fruit intermixed with graphite, chocolate, espresso, and new oak notes. Sweet, layered, and luxuriously rich, with a wealth of fruit and glycerin, this stunningly full-bodied St.-Emilion should be drinkable young, yet age nicely for 15+ years. Great stuff!
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Blackberry and vanilla character, with hints of mineral. Medium- to full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long finish. Very fine.