Chateau Laroque St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Chateau Laroque History, Overview

Chateau Laroque has a very long track record and history in the Saint 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 chateau Laroque for several years.

The modern era for Chateau Laroque starts in 1935, when the property 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. However, with all the improves taking place here, and their willingness to spend the funds needed to turn things around, you can expect things to begin to change rapidly.

Chateau Laroque Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 61 hectare vineyard of Chateau Laroque is planted to 87% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. The terroir is clay with limestone soil. The vineyard is 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. From those 27 hectares, perhaps their best parcels are located in the deep, clay rich soils close to Chateau Troplong Mondot. They have another outstanding parcel of vines close to their neighbor, Chateau Rocheyron. 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.

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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.

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 Saint Emilion for his work with the team of Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt.

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.

Château Laroque Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2016 Château Laroque ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. With a worthy depth of color, this wine reveals dark berries, earth and licorice in the fragrance. The fruit is sweet and juicy. There is complexity and vibrancy with a long, persistent boysenberry and black cherry finish. The wine was made with 95% Merlot, 4.5% Cabernet Franc and .5% Cabernet Sauvignon, reaching 14.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.35. This is the second vintage for Laroque with David Surie, the new director who has achieved great success in his efforts here.

      93 points - Tasted
  2. 2015 Château Laroque ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. 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
  3. 2014 Château Laroque ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Medium bodied, with a forward, leafy, simple, fresh, red berry personality, and a one note, cherry and herb finish.

      87 points - Tasted
  4. 2012 Château Laroque ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. 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
  5. 2010 Château Laroque ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Earthy, leafy, fresh and already open with its cherry core of fruit. Medium bodied, with a leafy, red fruit finish.

      88 points - Tasted
  6. 2009 Château Laroque ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. 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
  7. 2000 Château Laroque ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Showing age in its color, the wine offers strawberry preserves and smoke and earth on the nose. Medium bodied, with sweet fruit, but the finish is clipped, making the wine far too short.

      87 points - Tasted