2020 Château Laroque, Grand Cru St-Emilion

99% Merlot with just a dash of Cabernet Franc, from deep clay soils. It's focused and intense, with amazing detailing and long and savoury tannins. This is a brilliant St-Emilion from an estate that gets better and better.

Critic score
93.5/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£25.48
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£152.88

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Saint-Emilion, Right Bank, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    99% Merlot
    1% Cabernet Franc
  • Maturity
    Young 2027 - 2043
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2020 Château Laroque, Grand Cru St-Emilion

TASTING NOTES

This is really focused and linear with tight, minerally tannins that are polished and energetic. It’s medium-to full-bodied with dark and blue fruit in the center palate. Long and focused.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (May 2021)
94—95/100

Plenty of sappy, well defined juice running underneath the moody tannic frame, but you need to look away right now because this is closed and subdued. Blueberry purée and a limestone scrape helps build momentum through the mid-palate - give this time. David Suire manages the winemaking.

Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)
92/100

The 2020 Laroque was cropped at 34hl/ha, picked September 21–30. It has a very composed bouquet of blackberry, wild strawberry and crushed limestone scents, beautifully defined with very well integrated oak. You could just nose this all day. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, blueberry and a judicious pinch of black pepper. This is very harmonious and as fresh as a daisy. Possibly the best Laroque that winemaker David Suire has overseen to date.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (May 2021)
(93—95)/100

Deep crimson but not impenetrable. Mellow, rather unflashy nose with well-integrated acidity and a certain mineral element. Really lively and fresh and rather sleeker than some of the more exhibitionistic St-Émilions. Obviously a long-term, and rather exciting, bet. Bone-dry finish and a fair amount of ripe tannin but not lean or drying, and with a persistent, silky finish. Rather sophisticated.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2021)
16.5+/20