Chateau Larouque St. Emilion, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles
Chateau Laroque has a very long track record and history in the St. Emilion appellation. Chateau Laroque dates back to the 12th century. In fact, a small remnant remains of the original tower built in the 12th century. It was included when the magnificent, chateau was constructed in the 17th century. After the depression struck in 1929, the owners did not have the funds to maintain the estate and the vineyards. Wine ceased to be produced at the estate for several years. The modern era for Chateau Laroque starts in 1935, when the chateau was purchased by the Beaumartin family. In 1962, the vineyards of Chateau Laroque were completely replanted and the wine making facilities were updated as well. More changes took place starting with the 2015 vintage as you will see. Today, Chateau Laroque is probably better known for the architecturally stunning, chateau and its perfectly manicured gardens. It truly is one of the most beautiful structures in the Right Bank.
With 61 hectares of vines, situated northeast of the St. Emilion village in the commune of St. Christophe des Bardes, Chateau Laroque owns the largest vineyard in St. Emilion. However, only 40 hectares of vines are classified as Grand Cru Classe. The remaining vines are considered to be St. Emilion Grand Cru. The massive vineyard is planted to 87% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines are on average 40 years of age. However, they have old vines. 14 hectares of vines are almost 55 years old. The vineyard of Chateau Laroque is planted to a vine density of 6,000 vines per hectare. The terroir is clay with limestone soil.
To produce the wine of Chateau Laroque, the wine is fermented in traditional, temperature controlled, colbalt blue, cement vats that vary in size to help with parcel by parcel vinification. The wine is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for 12 months before bottling.
On average, the entire production of Chateau Laroque is slightly more than 25,000 cases of wine per vintage. There is also a second wine, Les Tours de Laroque which can consist of more than 8,000 cases of wine per vintage, depending on the year. Chateau Laroque also produces a third wine, Chateau Peymouton which produces close to 5,000 cases per year from their non classified vines.
Chateau Laroque remains relatively unknown as the wines are not sold en primeur are often released a few years after the vintage has been in bottle. Most of the production is sold in France. But that is slated to change. Chateau Laroque announced they were ready to start producing quality wine starting with the 2015 vintage. Earlier that year, they hired David Surie as the director of the estate. David Surie is experienced and well-known in Bordeaux, especially in St. Emilion for his work with the team of Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt.
Wine Tasting Notes
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2009 Château Laroque St. Émilion Grand Cru
Forward, supple and serving up a nice dose of plum, licorice, earth and spice, this round, plush wine is already drinking well.
88 points - Tasted Nov 17, 20131690 Views