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.
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Les Tours de Laroque features open-knit scents of juicy red and black plums, mulberries and black raspberries with wafts of potpourri and spice cake. The medium to full-bodied palate is soft, refreshing and ready for business, sporting loads of red and blackberry flavors and finishing with a spicy kick. This is a blend of 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, coming in at 14.35% alcohol and a pH of 3.57. [88 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown – March 2021, robertparker.com]