Chateau Laroque St-Emilion 2018
Since the 12th century, Château Laroque has occupied an historical terroir, a mix of limestone rock and fine clays, superbly located on the slopes and high point of the plateau of Saint-Emilion.
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Laroque is a little closed to begin, slowly unfurling to reveal fragrant black cherries, wild blueberries and blackberry preserves scents with hints of crushed rocks, underbrush and violets plus a waft of Marmite toast. Full-bodied and jam-packed with bright, crunchy black and blue fruits, it has a firm line of ripe, fine-grained tannins and loads of freshness, finishing very long and layered. Impressive!
Being aged in oak barriques, 50% new, the blend is 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate (spring 2019)