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, and 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. Today, Chateau Laroque is probably better known for the architecturally stunning, chateau and its perfectly manicured grounds. It truly is one of the most beautiful structures in the Right Bank.
Chateau Laroque owns the largest Bordeaux vineyard in St. Emilion with its 61 hectares. However, only 40 hectares of vines are classified. The massive 61 hectare vineyard, situated northeast of the St. Emiloin village in St. Christophe des Bardes 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 are almost 55 years old. The vineyard of Chateau Laroque is planted to a vine density of an average 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, cement vats that vary in size. The wine is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for 12 months. On average, Chateau Laroque produces slightly more than 12,500 cases of their Bordeaux 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. The vineyard is also used to produce a third wine, Chateau Peymouton.
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. However, 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. David Surie is experienced and well known in Bordeaux for his work with the team of Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt.
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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, 20131506 Views