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2021 Chateau Laroque Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 6x75cl

DE93
"The 2021 Laroque is very promising indeed, and winemaker David Suire and I agree that it is likely to surpass the estate's 2018 vintage in quality. Unwinding in the glass with aromas of sweet... berries, plums and cherries, framed by a discreet patina of new oak, it's medium to full-bodied, seamless and complete, with excellent concentration, lively acids and ripe, melting tannins. A blend of 99% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc, it represents 45% of the estate's production and derives from vines more than 50 years old." 92-95 points William Kelley, www.robertparker.com
£120 / Case£20 / BottleDuty Status: In BondAvailability: En Primeur

2018 Chateau Laroque Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 6x75cl

VM92
"The 2018 Laroque fulfills the promise it showed from barrel last year. It has an irresistible bouquet of layered black cherry and blueberry fruit, fresh and lively with beautifully integrated oak.... The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity and a spicy, black-pepper-tinged finish that feels ever so slightly attenuated. Give this 3–4 years in bottle if you can." 92 pts., Neal Martin, www.vinous.com
£150 / Case£25 / BottleDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2020 Chateau Laroque Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 6x75cl

RP94-96
Since 2015, head winemaker David Suire (of Château Beauséjour-Duffau-Lagarosse fame) has been responsible for this surge in quality and value at Château Laroque, and with 2020, he and his team... done it again with a seriously classy offering. Parcel selection here is key: for the grand vin, only those vines classified as Grand Cru Classé are used, which in this case make up two thirds of their total vineyard area and of these, only a further 27 of specially selected hectares. As such, this special selection gives over a vintage that is lush, rich and concentrated, with layers of velvety red, black and blue fruits, and a great purity that shines through a terrific freshness and elegance. Qualities you would expect in much pricier clarets and ones that will ensure many years of heightened complexity and sublime drinking pleasure. The grand vin is a blend of 99% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc, aging between 16 to 18 months in French oak barrels, 50% new.
£113.50 / Case£18.92 / BottleDuty Status: In BondAvailability: En Primeur