Newly introduced to the UK by Bordeaux-Undiscovered few wine lovers have had the opportunity to taste this lovely claret. Chapelle Labory is a superb example of the wines coming out of Fronsac at the moment. Fronsac is a little diamond, it may not shine as bright as its brothers but it’s a diamond none the less. This appellation sits just west of Pomerol and in times of old its wines had an excellent reputation; being the choice of both the French royalty and nobility. In the intervening years Fronsac became eclipsed by the powerhouses of the Medoc but the quality of its terroir meant that this has not lasted for long. A new generation have taken hold of the reigns and are maximising on their ancestors know how. The result is a raft of delicious rich, layered, dark clarets that deserve serious attention.
Owned by the Roy-Trocard family, Chapelle Labory is the Second Wine of Chateau Labory. The family have a long wine making history in Fronsac and Lalande de Pomerol appellations. They have been making wine since 1628! The property has been handed down from generation to generation and they are now on the 15th generation of winemakers. The vineyard here was once owned by King Louis XIII. At this point in time Fronsac wines were enjoying heady popularity, being the darlings of the Court of Versailles, hence the interest of the King in acquiring the chateau.
Chateau Labory lies in the Lieu Dit of Laborry in the little village of Saillans which sits on one of the highest points in the appellation. Fronsac wines are essentially hillside wines that have lots of body, character and a wonderful consistency in the mouth. Chapelle Labory is no exception – this is a full bodied dark, warm purple wine that has been impeccably made. Sumptuous and classy, it pairs wonderfully with rib of beef or venison. Lovely with guinea fowl, pigeon or pheasant it also matches well with richly flavoured dishes such as roast lamb stuffed with garlic, belly pork with black pudding, roast duck in red wine sauce or rabbit glazed with honey and mustard.