On a limestone rock plateau, Château Laroque, the largest wine estate of Saint-Emilion, stands as a defensive stronghold, a witness to a rich and distant past.
Château Laroque’s vineyard is planted in one single block and provides a unique, truly sensational vine-growing environment which participated in Saint-Emilion’s listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Today’s grape composition conforms to the traditional mix of grape varieties planted in Saint-Emilion: Merlot, which on limestone gives wines flesh, vivacity, chiselled contours and layers of flavour, and Cabernet Franc which brings length on the palate and a fresh, lean finish.
With the estate’s geological diversity, from the fine Merlot plots surrounding the windmill to those planted on the slopes and terraces (which depending on their exposure can ripen two weeks later), the wine of Château Laroque is a blend of terroirs.
In the limestone character of the terroir, which the wine expresses in delicate, very chalky nuances, and in the influence of the Merlot with its density and crisp fruit character, Château Laroque shines through as a great, classic Saint-Emilion.
The estate also produces a Second Wine, Les Tours de Laroque -an easy-drinking, gentle, fruity wine that faithfully reflects the identity of the First Wine.