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Chateau Laroque History, Overview
Chateau Laroque has a very long track record and history in the Sant 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. The estate as we know it today with its magnificent, chateau was constructed in the 17th century by Marquis de Rochefort-Lavie. The property remained in the hands of the same family until the depression struck in 1929. Like many families and companies at the time, 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 from the descendants of the Marquis de Rochefort-Lavie. In 1962, the vineyards of Chateau Laroque were completely replanted and the wine making facilities were updated as well. The situation remained about the same for close to 50 years, The chateau was in need of repairs, the cellars demanded updating and the vineyards required extensive replanting. Positive changes began taking 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 .
Chateau Laroque Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes , Winemaking
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. Out of that 40 hectare parcel, only 27 hectares of vines are used to produce their top wine, Chateau Laroque. 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, cobalt 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. About 11,000 cases of Chateau Laroque are produced in an average vintage.
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 makes a third wine, Chateau Peymouton which produces close to 5,000 cases per year from their non classified vines.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Laroque with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Laroque is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Laroque is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Laroque is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Chateau Laroque remains relatively unknown as the wines have not sold been en primeur by negociants . The wines were often released a few years after the vintage had 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 Suire as the director of the estate. David Suire is experienced and well-known in Bordeaux, especially in St. Emilion for his work with the team of Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt .
2015 Château Laroque St. Émilion Grand Cru
Medium/full bodied, with a luscious texture that sets off the floral, licorice, cocoa and dark cherry personality, this wine is easy to like and drink, ending with rich textures and loads of sweet, fresh black cherries, fennel and cocoa. With David Surie as the new director, it is easy to see the improvements in just his debut vintage. And you know, the best is yet come!
91 points - Tasted Apr 29, 20161154 Views
2012 Château Laroque St. Émilion Grand Cru
Pleasant, early drinking, fresh, medium bodied, cherry and black raspberry inspired wine, with a bit of spice and fresh herbs in the finish.
86 points - Tasted Dec 1, 20151819 Views
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, 20132466 Views