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2010 Chateau Laroque

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From a very decent year in Bordeaux comes this Grand Cru Merlot Cab Franc blend at such a reasonable price it's a crime! It's quite a darkly-fruited, fleshy number showing lots of ripe plums and cherries, along with hints of sandalwood and crushed leaves. The palate is fuller-bodied, with a touch of firmness to the fine tannins, bright acidity and a lingering finish that begs for a little more time in the cellar. Excellent with braised beef short ribs.

Winemaker's Notes

Perched on the top of the hills that dominate the river Dordogne, close to the village of Saint-Emilion, Château Laroque is an estate that looks like its wine: noble, elegant and charismatic. Inhabited by the Lord of the Manor in the Middle-Ages, it retains a 12th century tower but was otherwise rebuilt in the 17th century in the typical style of Louis XIV’s architecture displayed to its full effect here, hence the chateau’s nickname of 'Little Versailles'.

Appearance: Deep, dark robe, almost black.

Nose: Intense bouquet of black fruits.

Palate: Powerful, generous, smooth. The tannic structure has great presence, but the tannins themselves are fleshy and tasty.

Cellaring: A wine that will keep for 15 to 25 years.

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2010 Chateau Laroque

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Gilbert & Gaillard (2010 Vintage) says
Huon Hooke (2010 Vintage) says
Deep colour, of good hue. Toasty oak and savoury earthy developed bouquet, lots of blackberry and some cranberry, with subtle mint and floral high-notes. Some animal notes and alcohol fumes. Richly ripe flavours, a kick of alcohol warmth to close. Good long carry. Satisfying, but rather fume-y and a bit over the top. Heaps of grunt, but no elegance.
2014 - 2026
James Suckling (2010 Vintage) says
Blackberries and dark chocolate at first. Opens up with leather, fresh wood and aniseed. Good body with pure fruit and a nice juicy acidity. Chewy with slightly firm tannins and lots of new wood that needs time to integrate. Try in 2017.

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