With it’s vocation as a stronghold, Château Laroque’s foundations were established on a plateau in which all the limestone soil-types of Saint-Emilion’s best terroirs can be found.
In the most empirical manner, this very calcareous geological feature, which is covered to a greater or lesser extent by a fine layer of clay, has given rise to wines of outstanding quality.
At the instigation of David Suire, a soil study was carried out on Laroque’s 61 hectares, and this confirmed the estate’s outstanding terroir, in which different “climats” (small vineyard areas) have been revealed, enabling the right choice of grape variety to be made and the best possible grape ripeness to be achieved.
The 2019 Les Tours de Laroque bursts with aromas of raspberries, plums, licorice and sweet soil tones. Medium to full-bodied, layered and lively, it’s rich and seamless, with bright fruit flavors and ripe tannins, concluding with a slightly heady finish that detracts a little from my score.[88 Points, William Kelley – Apr 2022, robertparker.com]