NEW 2022 BORDEAUX EN PRIMEUR RELEASE - Chateau Laroque, Saint-Emilion

NEW 2022 BORDEAUX EN PRIMEUR RELEASE - Chateau Laroque, Saint-Emilion

2022 Chateau Laroque, Saint-Emilion

£146 per 6 bottle case in bond

As mentioned in our overview, the quality of numerous estates in Saint-Emilion impressed greatly in 2022. Château Laroque is certainly amongst them, as well as being among the keener values released so far this vintage.
Please see below for my note, as well as scores and notes from Jane Anson, Jeb Dunnuck, William Kelley and Antonio Galloni.
2022 Château Laroque, Saint-Emilion
£146 per 6 bottle case in bond

Another standout value from Saint-Emilion, Château Laroque has developed a significant following over recent years. The 2022 will not disappoint, ripe damson and plum, with notes of spice, and a certain floral lift. What impresses particularly in this vintage is the sense of precision and energy, which offsets the rich core of fruit. Very refined, with gently gripping tannins and a marked mineral finish. An impressive showing, and with just 45% of production heading into the Grand Vin, this certainly reveals the benefit of strict selection. 2022 continues a great run of vintages without a doubt. (SL) 2030-2045.
97 points, Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux
You just know that this estate is well placed to succeed in the vintage, and this really does walk the line of ripeness and salinity, such gorgeous definition and vivid energetic fruit. Stretches out through the palate also, has a relaxed confidece to it that is quite unusual in such a full--on vintage. Really impressive, Beaumartin family, David Suire director.

95-97 points, Jeb Dunnuck,
Clearly one of the new superstars in the appellation, Château Laroque is located on the cooler, eastern edge of Saint-Emilion and consists of pure, classic upper plateau limestone soils. The estate covers a whopping 54 hectares, which gives director Davie Suire ample flexibility when putting together the Grand Vin. Looking at the 2022 Laroque, it's a blend of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc from healthy yields of 41 hectoliters per hectare, representing just 45% of the total production, and it will spend 16-18 months in 50% new French oak. This deep purple-hued beauty offers a classic Saint-Emilion bouquet of crème de cassis, graphite, tobacco, and a liquid rock-like sense of minerality. It’s medium to full-bodied, has incredible purity, and ultra-fine tannins. It’s unquestionably another beautiful vintage for this chateau that readers will love.

93-95 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
Another impressive performance from this estate, the 2022 Laroque offers up aromas of sweet berries, violets, iris and exotic spices, followed by a medium to full-bodied, layered palate with a rich core of fruit that's framed by lively acids, concluding with a taut, chalky finish. Once again, it's the result of a strict selection that sees only 45% of the production released as the grand vin.

92-94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
The 2022 Laroque is bright, focused and full of energy. In this vintage, Laroque is especially refined. Dark plum, graphite, licorice, spice, lavender and mocha are nicely laced together in this gracious, finely cut Saint-Émilion. Bright saline accents lend notable brightness throughout. Drink 2028-2047

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