Adding to our showcase of beautiful fine wines we have the Croix de Labrie 2000. From Saint-Emilion and granted Grand Cru status, you know there's a story to this one...

The plots are located on Badon (near Pavie), St. Sulpice (beside the first parcel of Valandraud) and Saint Christophe des Bardes (dating from 1687). The terroir of Badon is composed of sand and clay with a basement limestone which allows fantastic soil drainage and brings excellent finesse. The St. Sulpice compound is loaded with clays which add increased depth and density. And finally Saint Christophe des Bardes sits on clay-limestone soil bringing complexity and density. The vines are more than 98% Merlot which are backed up by a few rows of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon in St Sulpice.

Chateau Croix de Labrie 2000 Double Magnum @ £468
"A tiny production St.-Emilion, the 2000 Croix de Labrie offers a big, thick mouthful of wine, loads of flavor, and a distinctive, modern style emphasizing melted chocolate, graphite, coffee bean, creme de cassis, and jammy black currants. While not terribly subtle, it is loaded with flavor."

-- Robert Parker 93/100 points.

A few of these knocking about but they only made 9000 bottles in the first place so don't expect it to be here forever! Cheers!