Château Laroque, Grand Cru Classé, St Émilion
Château Laroque

Château Laroque, Grand Cru Classé, St Émilion, 2022


Destination

vintage

En primeur
En Primeur
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2022
6x75cl
EP
£165.00


Château Laroque, Grand Cru Classé, St Émilion, 2022

2014
2018
2020
2021
2022

Tasting Notes


ABV:
13 %

Notes

David Suire's Laroque must rank amongst the best value wines of the right bank. Since his arrival in 2015, critics have heaped praise in his wines, and for the time being, they remain relatively affordable (relative to wines with similar scores). The 2022 is another wonderful effort. It's big and ambitious, but not overblown. Redolent with ripe sloes and plums with hints of violet and liquorice. The palate is sweet and lush with waves of mineral flecked raspberry and dark cherry. Beautifully contoured, with an impressive well of fruit enveloped by attractive tannins; this promises to be another excellent and rather moreish Laroque. “Another impressive performance from this estate, the 2022 Laroque offers up aromas of sweet berries, violets, iris and exotic spices, followed by a medium to full-bodied, layered palate with a rich core of fruit that's framed by lively acids, concluding with a taut, chalky finish. Once again, it's the result of a strict selection that sees only 45% of the production released as the grand vin.” 93-95pts, William Kelley, Wine Advocate “A blend of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the 2022 Laroque is deep garnet-purple in color. It prances out with showy scents of warm black plums, blueberry compote, and chocolate-covered cherries, giving way to wafts of underbrush, violets, and Sichuan pepper. The full-bodied palate delivers seriously impressive tension, with firm, ripe, rounded tannins and bags of bright black fruits, finishing long and fragrant.” 94-96pts, Lisa Perotti-Brown, The Wine Independent “You just know that this estate is well placed to succeed in the vintage, and this really does walk the line of ripeness and salinity, such gorgeous definition and vivid energetic fruit. Stretches out through the palate also, has a relaxed confidece to it that is quite unusual in such a full--on vintage. Really impressive, Beaumartin family, David Suire director.” 97pts, Jane Anson, janeanson.com “Clearly one of the new superstars in the appellation, Château Laroque is located on the cooler, eastern edge of Saint-Emilion and consists of pure, classic upper plateau limestone soils. The estate covers a whopping 54 hectares, which gives director Davie Suire ample flexibility when putting together the Grand Vin. Looking at the 2022 Laroque, it's a blend of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc from healthy yields of 41 hectoliters per hectare, representing just 45% of the total production, and it will spend 16-18 months in 50% new French oak. This deep purple-hued beauty offers a classic Saint-Emilion bouquet of crème de cassis, graphite, tobacco, and a liquid rock-like sense of minerality. It’s medium to full-bodied, has incredible purity, and ultra-fine tannins. It’s unquestionably another beautiful vintage for this chateau that readers will love.” 95-97pts, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com

Critics score


Score:
93

100

Source:
Neal Martin, Vinous

Date:
05/2023

Notes
The 2022 Laroque was picked at 41hL/ha between 14 and 30 September, representing 45% of the total production. It has a clean and precise bouquet with brambly red fruit, hints of liquorice and iodine. Quite voluptuous in style, though thankfully, it retains delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe red fruit. Fine structure, very supple in the mouth. The lightly spiced finish comes across just a little sweeter than I would have liked, prompting me to be a bit more cautious with my score than I otherwise might have been.

specifications

country:
France

region:
Bordeaux

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Allergen Information:
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Château Laroque

Château Laroque

David Suire’s Laroque is an outstanding St Emilion, which for the time being is still a relative bargain. Not many clarets at just over £20 per bottle can boast scores in the mid-nineties, yet Laroque has achieved this feat in three consecutive vintages:2018, 2019 and 2020. The wines are concentrated, but not overblown, with a real sense of harmony and balance. Although it is a huge estate, only about half of the production makes it into the grand vin.

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