Camille de Labrie 2018, AOC Bordeaux

A bright Bordeaux blend

This beautiful red wine from Bordeaux, France exudes a great elegance and a wonderful structure. A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, the Camille de Labrie is a lovely drink.

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TASTING NOTES FROM THE CURATOR

This Bordeaux blend was named after the winemaker’s daughter, who, incidentally, also designed the label. A sentimental wine from Chateau Croix de Labrie, it was aged for 16 months, 10 of which was spent in barrels.

It pours a gorgeous ruby color, and is made up of primarily Merlot, with the rest being Cabernet Sauvignon.

It’s intense on the nose, with floral notes, and aromas of raspberry, cassis. It’s slightly smokey, with fruity undertones, as well. It’s crisp, fresh, and balanced on the palate, giving fruity and floral flavors, and hints of black olive, chocolate, and plum.

PREPARATION AND PAIRINGS

A glass of Camille de Labrie goes well with charcuterie. Have it with cheddar, and patés. For a heavier pairing, try it with flank steak, roast duck, barbecued pulled pork, or a roast pork loin.

This Bordeaux also cuts through rich chocolate desserts so deliciously. Try it with a decadent chocolate cake, or even just pieces of dark chocolate. We suggest our Valrhona Caraïbe 66% Dark Chocolate Sampler—a completely sublime experience!

IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED

One of the smallest Grand Cru St. Emilion estates, the Chateau Croix de Labrie began its life in 1991. It was a humble two hectares of vineyard, owned and made famous by renowned couple, Michel and Ghislaine Puzio-Lesage.

In 2013, the Puzio-Lesage family sold the Chateau to the Courduries, Axelle and Pierre. It was a difficult first year for the new owners, only able to produce four barrels of wine.

But they persevered, and their passion and talent shine through in their wines that reflect the richness and depth of the terroir. Axelle is the winemaker, handling everything from pruning to harvest to vinification to aging. The Courduries have new, modern cellars, as well, moving Chateau Croix de Labrie toward a very bright, very successful future.

Store unopened red wines in a cool, dry, and dark place safe from constant vibration. Keep your bottle horizontal in a wine rack or cellar to retain the moistness of the cork. The ideal temperature for storage is between 16 to 18°C. Once opened, a bottle will be good for 3 to 5 days standing upright in the refrigerator.

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