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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.

Vert de Vin : 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 cor- n 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

Le millésime offre un charme inédit et se montre déjà très facile d’accès Le nec plus ultra est de trouver des vins qui ajoutent un peu plus de puissance à ce déroulé Je note encore que ce millésime ne s’effondre pas à la décantation Au contraire, certains vins en bénéficient pleinement Je pense à cet instant à Pontet Canet noté 17 (94) ou Croix de Labrie noté 17,75 (95-96) ou Petrus noté 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

Bouquet complexe, de bonne intensité, alliant des notes fruitées (cassis, myrtilles) et épicées Je remarque également une touche de fèves de cacao et de bois de réglisse En bouche le vin est friand et crémeux en attaque Les tannins sont élégants, bien intégrés, tandis que la structure est vive et assure une tension rafraîchissante Finale fruitée et persistante Une belle réussite. 2022-2032.

Jeb Dunnuck :  94 Points 

This estate continues 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) : 
90-92 Points

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.