2010 Ch. Laroque, St Emilion
Ch. Laroque is a large St Emilion estate famous for its stunning 18th century château, as well as the quality of its wines. It is owned by the Beaumartin family and was granted Grand Cru Classé status in 1996. Its 61 hectares of vineyards (27 of which are used for the Grand Vin) are situated in the commune of St Christophe des Bardes and it produces nearly 25,000 cases a year.
From the cool, classic 2014 vintage, this Claret is fresh and balanced. The blend is Merlot-based and the wine is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months, giving a nice aroma of spice and wood smoke. The palate is fleshy with a hint of plum, the tannins fine and firm, leading to a generous finish. Drink now to 2029.
Now entering its eagerly-awaited prime, this strikes a perfect balance between classicism and fruit-driven approachability. Laroque is a sizeable estate, but less than half of its 61 hectares is deemed worthy of inclusion in this, the Grand Vin. It's a blend of 87 percent Merlot and 11 percent Cabernet Franc, with just a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon, from the estate's older vines, which are overlooked by one of the Right Bank's most equisite chateau.
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