Chateau Labadie Cru Bourgeous
This almost equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot drinks a treat right now. Medium in weight with a little acidity and restrained tannins which allows the classic Bordeaux fruit character to shine.
Château Labadie was classed as a Cru Bourgeois in the 1932 classification and again in the 2003 revision. The wine estate lies at the northern tip of the Medoc, around the village of Begadan, and for many years the grapes were sold to the local co-operative.
In 1988, however, owners Yves and Adelaide Bibey decided to make their own wine. In 1999 their son, Jerome, joined them and he has gradually taken over the control of the estate. The soil is a combination of clay/limestone, highly suited to the Merlot grape, and gravel on which Cabernet Sauvignon is planted. Each year, the estate harvests a small amount of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot to compliment the other two grapes.
The wines are fermented in either stainless steel or cement tanks, and aged in oak barrels, a small percentage new, for 12-15 months prior to bottling.