2015 Labadie, Médoc

SKU #1358726 90 points James Suckling

 Big ripe fruit and a generous body are matched by lively acidity and rather elegant tannins in this modern style Medoc that has a long, rather polished finish.  (2/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois annual tasting, the 2015 Labadie has an impressive bouquet of blackberry, bilberry and tobacco scents that gain intensity with aeration. I like the focus and breeding here. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine line of acidity, fresh from start to finish with a subtle marine note on the finish. This is a very fine Médoc, clearly the best since 2010. (NM)  (10/2017)

Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Château Labadie is a well-made, medium-bodied charmer that gives up plenty of black cherry, leafy herb, and earth-like aromas and flavors. This northern Médoc estate is run by Jerome Bibey and is planted to a mix of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.  (11/2017)

Wine Enthusiast

 With a high percentage of Merlot, this is a ripe, juicy and red-fruit-flavored wine. It is soft, with the tannins already well integrated into the plush fruit. (RV)  (4/2018)

Wine Spectator

 Fresh, with a juicy, medium-weight core of plum and dark cherry fruit, infused with anise and tobacco notes, backed by a light tarry thread on the finish. Drink now through 2021. (JM)  (2/2018)

K&L Notes

Just to the north of St-Estèphe, on the banks of the Gironde, are a series of small communes whose names are less well known than their prestigious neighbors. Here you can find excellent value wines. Laujac and Bégadan are two such communes, and they’re home to our newest favorite here at K&L: Château Labadie. This small château, like many in the area, has a long history and is family run. The current generation winemaker and proprietor, Jérôme Bibey, is a passionate young man who has done an excellent job modernizing the estate and updating the winemaking style to produce the charming claret that we can enjoy today. It’s safe to say this is our best Bordeaux under $20 in the store. Surprisingly, this wine has a larger percentage of Merlot than is common in the northern Médoc, but it is so well integrated and balances so nicely against the Cabernet, it’s easy to see why Jérôme chose to highlight this varietal. Open and inviting aromas of cassis and huckleberry give way to a medium-bodied palate bursting with blackberry fruit, cedar, tobacco and fresh minerality. The tannin is surprisingly soft, and yet the wine has plenty of structure to pair with your summer grilling. See the reviews below to find out how popular this wine is with our staff.

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/13/2018 | Send Email
An impressive wine with beautifully complex spicy wood/incense aromatics, and quite floral as well. There something to be said about the northern Medoc terroir. It definitely imparts an exotic spiciness to the Merlot grape that's quite unlike the plush/velvet of the right bank. Bravo!

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/7/2018 | Send Email
From the northernmost part of Bordeaux, the Labadie impressed me so much with its fabulous balance between toasty, modern oak, clean cassis and fresh, mineral infused acidity. This almost even blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc is a huge surprise for under $20. It is wines like this that show off what a truly great vintage 2015 is!
Drink from 2018 to 2035

By: James Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2018 | Send Email
A classic claret at an amazing price! This lovely red is brimming with blackberry, plum, and bing cherry flavors that are joined just the right touch of spice. There's a youthful ebullience that keeps things bright and lively, while the wine's well-integrated tannins offer a lush and supple mouthfeel. Like any good Médoc, a core of minerality gives it excellent structure and definition. Undoubtedly, this is thanks to the clay and limestone soils which surround the chateau. When it comes to affordable reds with a classic old-world profile, the Médoc is the place to be, and of the 2015s Labadie is among the best out there. This is a great value and a wine that you'll want to re-visit again and again.

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2018 | Send Email
There is a massive amount of value to be had in 2015 Bordeaux and this Merlot-driven claret is a pristine example of such. Flush with notes of red and dark berries, cedar and tobacco, this expressive red can be enjoyed tonight or cellared for another decade plus. There is a great deal to like here - both by this wine and the swath of amazing 2015s that will be landing over the next few months.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2018 | Send Email
Another gem from the lovely 2015 vintage! While folks argue over the merits of 2015 against other elite years, it is without a doubt one of the great value vintages we've seen for a long time. Aromas of ripe plum, graphite, and sage lead to a medium bodied palate full of soft red fruit, fine textured tannins, and a mouthwatering finish that leads you to the next sip. A perfect weeknight wine if there ever was one, it is an all-too-easy to enjoy charmer that should be stashed away in quantity and enjoyed anytime now or over the next ten years.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/1/2018 | Send Email
This hearty wine starts with aromas of toast, oak and cherry jam. The substantial middle is filled with blackberry fruit and delicate herb that blend in with the firm and fruity finish.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/1/2018 | Send Email
This wine is from one of the hottest categories in wine today: 2015 value Bordeaux. The outstanding quality of the vintage, combined with updated, modern winemaking techniques make wines like this an unprecedented value for customers. This has very plush, silky black and red fruits, a touch of spice and earth, just a hint of oak. Everything masterfully integrated and balanced. Don’t miss it!

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2018 | Send Email
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We discovered this wine on our last trip to Bordeaux-we all loved it. Typical sweet 2015-this one is 63% Merlot, 33%Cab Sauv and 4% CFranc. Very aromatic-almost new worldly. Rich on the palte and some tannin at the back. Decant one hour and enjoy this beauty. Tons of blackberry fruit throughout.
Drink from 2018 to 2028

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


Alcohol Content (%): 13.5