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Château Laroque

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2019 Château Laroque  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 95

The deep, dark color has a purple to the sheen that looks great in the glass. Quite floral in nature, the nose is assisted by smoke, spice box, espresso, plum, dark chocolate and blueberry. Rich, sensuous, lush and silky there is a freshness that keeps everything moving briskly. The finish is all about the ripe, sweet, deep fruits, and salty minerality. This is even better than the 2018, which says a lot. The wine blends 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14.5 alcohol with a pH of 3.44. One of the new players in the Saint Emilion sweepstakes, grab this wine by the case due to its balance between high quality and low price. Eventually, prices will rise. Remember, you heard it here first! 94-96 Pts

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2018 Château Laroque  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Inky in hue, the wine looks like a dark gemstone with purple around the edge. With just one swirl, you get black and blue fruits, flowers, incense, licorice, dark chocolate and smoke. Powerful, full-bodied, concentrated, and intense, this vintage is at an entirely new level for Laroque. The wine manages to remain balanced between its opulent nature, incredible level of density, silky palate feel and length. The wine was made with 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14.5 alcohol with a pH of 3.48. This is your hot tip of the day: Chateau Laroque is a diamond in the rough and the wine sells for a pittance despite the high level of quality. This will change as the wine gets discovered so buy it now if this reads like your style of wine. 93-95 Pts

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2017 Château Laroque  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Showing a dark hue, the wine opens with a strong mineral sensation, along with licorice, blackberries and dark chocolate. Medium/full bodied, the wine is sweet, elegant and fresh. The saltiness in the finish complements the dark red fruits and thyme throughout the endnote and there is a vibrancy and spicy quality to the fruits that is palpable in the finish. The wine was made with 99% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14.54 alcohol with a pH of 3.48.

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2016 Château Laroque  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

It is easy to find the smoke, licorice, truffle and black cherry aromas. But it's on the palate, where this really shines. Round, ripe, supple, silky and with loads of ripe, luscious plums and black cherries, this is an estate to watch. The wine was made with 95% Merlot, 4.5% Cabernet Franc and .5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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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 Suire, the new director who has achieved great success in his efforts here.

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2015 Château Laroque  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Medium bodied, the wine shows a strong minerality presence before you start to find the red fruits. There is a softness to the tannins and freshness to the fruit, which lets you know this is going to be an estate to watch. However, you should note that subsequent vintages are definitely stronger.

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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 Suire as the new director, it is easy to see the improvements in just his debut vintage. And you know, the best is yet come!

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2014 Château Laroque  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

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

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2012 Château Laroque  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 86

Pleasant, early drinking, fresh, medium bodied, cherry and black raspberry inspired wine, with a bit of spice and fresh herbs in the finish.

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2010 Château Laroque  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

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

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2009 Château Laroque  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Forward, supple and serving up a nice dose of plum, licorice, earth and spice, this round, plush wine is already drinking well.

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2000 Château Laroque  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

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.

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