Peter Maude Fine Wines

2023, Château Laroque, SAINT-EMILION Grand Cru

$42 ex. GST
$48.30 inc. GST
Estimated full landed price – $58.77

Last Year EP $51.00-

99% Merlot, 1% Cabernet franc

The 2023 Laroque might be the best wine David Suire has made since taking over here a few years ago. What I admire most about Laroque is its classicism, there is plenty of that on display here. Bright acids and persistent beams of supporting tannin frame dark-toned fruit, lavender, rose petal, graphite and sweet spice in a Saint-Émilion that impresses with its vibrancy and delineation. Superb. 94-96 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.

The 2023 Laroque has an outstanding bouquet that shades many of its peers. It conveys transparency and mineralité at a higher level and leaves you wanting more. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins that frame the pure black cherry and raspberry fruit. There is structure here, and the finish is notably longer than other wines of its class. This is very impressive, and I can imagine it aging with style. 94-96 Neal Martin

Medium intensity ruby, this is a little reserved at first, in the best way, in that it has the hidden depths that are just so promising during En Primeur, real sense of sapidity, squid ink, violet reflections, extremely vibrant, really like this, blueberry, sage, slate, lift on the finish, delicious. Beaumartin family, David Suire winemaker. 95 Jane Anson

This is full and substantial, with firm tannins and a crunchy finish. Lots of blue fruit, blackberry, crushed-stone and mineral character. Very structured. 93-94 James Suckling

The 2023 Laroque is heady, strongly scented and alive. Cool and crisp on the palate, smooth, so silky, really effortless in the tannin presentation. Juicy and clean, so bright, but not sour or tart, just the right side, so it?s lifted but not overly austere. Fruit is ripe and there is the softest chew to the expression but it keeps a relatively sleek frame. It?s certainly finessed and graceful on the palate with lots of precision and movement from start to finish. One that makes you want another sip straight away. 95 Georgina Hindle, Decanter.

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