A stone¿s throw from the revered Cru Classé Saint Julien estate Gruaud Larose, Château Labat is a consistent over performer and one of our top tips for the great 2010 vintage. A classically styled claret with firm tannins wrapped in deep plum fruit.
Château Labat is a small estate that lies close to Saint Julien, between the famed Château Belgrave and Deuxième Cru Classé Château Gruaud Larose. Records of this property date back to the Middle Ages, when it belonged to the Templar Commanderie. Pilgrims on their way to Saint Jacques de Compostelle, having crossed the estuary from Blaye, would rest here before continuing their way across the Landes to the Spanish border. The history of Château Labat's vineyard can be traced back to 1748. Since 1920 it's been owned by the Nony family, who certainly make the most of the fine gravel soil and old vines. This textbook Haut Médoc is best enjoyed with filet mignon with a wild mushroom sauce, roast red meats or, when the wine is mature, with game.