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2015 Labadie, Médoc SKU #1358726

Price: $16.99

Club Price: $13.99
JS 90 RP 90
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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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Staff Reviews

  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    K&L Staff Member
    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!
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    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
  • James Bradshaw
    By: James Bradshaw
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Ryan Moses
    By: Ryan Moses
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    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!
  • Clyde Beffa Jr.
    By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
    K&L Staff Member
    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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