Laroque 2018

St Emilion, Grand Cru Classé

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Tasting Notes

A classically balanced wine, and a concentrated and darkly fruited take on the vintage. This has elegance by the bucketload and is going to reward another five to eight years in bottle. Excellent stuff.

Score: 93

Jane Anson, Decanter.com Maturity: 2024-2040 01 November 2020

Beautifully measured, elegant and restrained, this has juiciness and hidden power. It's definitely less exuberant than some, giving tight black fruits and fine tannins alongside a limestone grip and a slate crawl across the palate, slowing you down and forcing you to pay attention as the floral character comes slowly winding out of the glass. Ageing on lees with just two rackings in both barrels and large oak casks. 3.8pH. Harvested 28 September to 12 October. Drinking Window 2026 - 2040

Score: 93

Jane Anson, Decanter.com Maturity: 2026-2040 04 April 2019

The 2018 Laroque has a rich and creamy bouquet with upfront blueberry and cassis fruit, modern in style but managing to retain delineation and avoid excess. The palate is smooth and rounded with quite noticeable vanillary oak, although there is plenty of fruit underneath. The tannins feel quite fine and there is a sense of harmony and persistent on the plush finish. Whilst not a profound Saint-Émilion, it does make for a seductively gorgeous wine.

Score: 91 - 93

Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2022-2042 01 November 2019

A blend of 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc representing just 41% of the total production, the 2018 Château Laroque is still resting in barrels and oak tanks. Its deep purple color is followed by a classy bouquet of ripe black cherries, cassis, graphite, licorice, and crushed rocks. Deep, medium to full-bodied, with a beautiful mid-palate and ripe, silky tannins, it's an incredible success for the estate, which is firing on all cylinders today thanks to the talented David Suire!

Score: 95 - 97

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com 24 April 2019

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Laroque is a little closed to begin, slowly unfurling to reveal fragrant black cherries, wild blueberries and blackberry preserves scents with hints of crushed rocks, underbrush and violets plus a waft of Marmite toast. Full-bodied and jam-packed with bright, crunchy black and blue fruits, it has a firm line of ripe, fine-grained tannins and loads of freshness, finishing very long and layered. Impressive! Being aged in oak barriques, 50% new, the blend is 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc.

Score: 95 - 97

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com 23 April 2019

This is really delicious with so much dark-berry and stone character. Full to medium body and super, integrated tannins. Bright and generous. One of the best from here. We will see if it is better than 2016 and 2015.

Score: 93 - 94

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com 11 April 2019

Well-proportioned, featuring cassis and blackberry fruit, balanced by brambly grip, juicy acidity and lively anise and black tea details. Very nicely put together.

Score: 92 - 95

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator 02 April 2019

The 2018 Laroque is a very pretty, pliant Saint-Émilion. Bright red raspberry, blood orange, mint and sweet floral notes give the 2018 striking energy to play off a core of radiant, supple fruit. Medium in body and gracious, Laroque has so much to offer in 2018. Although Laroque is not one of the most concentrated or structured Saint-Émilions, it is a wine of superb drinkability and pure pleasure. The blend is 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Technical Director David Suire gave the 2018 lots 26-29 days on the skins fermented in cement, with manual pumpovers and punchdowns. New oak is 55%. Suire, best known for his work alongside Nicolas Thienpont, is doing great things at Laroque. Tasted four times.

Score: 91 - 94

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com 01 April 2019