2019 Château Laroque, Grand Cru St.-EmilionWednesday, June 3
Trade favourite and Grand Cru Classé St.-Émilion, Château Laroque have just released their 2019 vintage; a welcome offer of an accessible wine before the First Growths begin to release (rumoured for later this week). Scored 94-95 points by James Suckling, this is a great value offer from the right bank.
Despite the very grand 18th Century Château, Laroque is family-owned and manages to retain a personal appeal. The estate has been producing wine since the 12th Century, but the Beaumartin family were responsible for restoring it after the vineyard ceased production in the 1920s.
The 61 hectares of vines are on a mixture of clay and limestone, planted to Merlot and Cabernet Franc vines averaging 50 years old, all managed biodynamically. The cepage in 2019 is 97% Merlot, 3% Cabernet franc. The elevage is part in new oak and part in larger oak casks. In short, this is the very model of a Grand Cru Classé St.-Émilion!
The 2019 has the characteristic freshness of the vintage, with James Suckling finding mineral and 'crushed cement' notes alongside floral notes. At just £17.50 IB per bottle (£210 per dozen), we offer this at the same price as last year, but with the wine awarded a higher score from Mr Suckling, which bodes well.
A classic St.-Émilion in every sense, do let us know if you would like to add some to your cellar.
Offered En Primeur, landing Spring 2022.
2019 Château Laroque, Grand Cru Classé St.-Émilion
"The 2019 Laroque has a very ripe and generous bouquet with scents of small black cherries intermingling with camphor and light spicy aromas. This is a nose that wants to make an impression. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet ripe entry, layers of red fruit (cranberry, redcurrant and raspberry) mixed with soy and white pepper. It remains well defined right to the finish with a pastille-like aftertaste. This is a very fine 2019 from a rejuvenated estate under the guidance of David Suire. 92-94 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
"This is very minerally and stony with crushed cement. Medium to full body and firm, polished tannins. It’s floral and complex. So fresh and bright. Wonderful balance to this. Elegance and drinkability. Better than the 2018. One of best ever. 94-95 Points". James Suckling
"Composed of 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the 2019 Laroque was harvested from the 30th of September to the 10th of October. Yields were 43 hectoliters per hectare this year. Alcohol came in at 14.5%, with a relatively low pH of 3.44. Deep garnet-purple in color, it bursts from the glass with bold scents of blueberry preserves, Black Forest cake, dark chocolate and lilacs with underlying hints of aniseed, espresso and pencil lead plus a waft of smoked meats. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is completely filled with dark, seductive berry layers and a whole myriad of savory nuances, framed by wonderfully soft, velvety tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing very long and perfumed. Beautiful! 95-97 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, RobertParker.com