Château Laroque: Tasting & Drinking

There is no doubt that within the pantheon of St Emilion styles there are plenty of options to choose from. There is the restrained, pencil-drawn beauty of Château Ausone, the perfumed seduction of Château Cheval Blanc, the poise and density of Château Angélus or the powerhouse that is the modern-day Château Pavie.

Château Laroque

All these châteaux play in the premier league, and although the styles differ – from classical restraint through to seductive or more turbo-charged modernity – one feature they all have common is a modern, polished style of fruit. There is another way in St Emilion (and Bordeaux) though, one where the wines have a drier and more savoury character, the dark fruits and tense, leaner textures laced with notes of spicy barrel, pencil lead, liquorice and more. At the very top in this style is Château Tertre Roteboeuf, and although the wines of Château Laroque do not achieve that level of quality they have often displayed a very similar peppery-savoury style.

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