Château Laroze: Tasting & Drinking

Regardless of how the authors of Cocks et Féret felt about this estate during the late-19th and early 20th centuries, when they seemed to heap praise upon it, there is no denying the fact that the vineyards are well off the limestone of the plateau. The estate is located close to the road heading out towards the westernmost gravel vineyards of St Emilion and the clay and gravel of Pomerol. Indeed, the domaine is situated closer to Château Figeac than it is to Château Ausone and the other famed estates on the very best limestone terroirs.

Château Laroze

Having said this, and having tasted a handful of vintages, there is also no denying the conclusion that the wines of this estate seem to have much to offer. They show confident fruit, rich and creamed, with lots of precise black plum and black cherry flavours, especially in successful vintages such as 2015 and 2016. The 2012 looks pretty smart, perhaps not that surprising if you know your vintages, because while 2012 was not entirely inspiring on the left bank, on the right bank it is seriously under-rated, with some very decent wines in St Emilion and Pomerol. And the 2009, tasted at seven years of age, provides some reassurance that the wines of this estate do have the ability to age in a harmonious fashion. (11/10/17)

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