About Chateau Laroque : Château Laroque, with its mighty 12th century tower, is an imposing feature in the Saint-Emilion area. Located to the south of the village of Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes, the estate appears as a defensive stronghold watching over Saint Emilion. Built on a plateau of limestone rock, from which the estate took its name, this outstanding location has been owned by several families, each one of them making their contribution and imparting an added touch of soul to the place.
The restoration of the cellars carried out in the 19th century was the work of Maurice Dufaure de Rochefort, a keen enthusiast of Saint-Emilion wines. Once the new cellars had been completed, he refocused the economic activity of Château Laroque solely on vine-growing.
The wines of Bordeaux were soon to establish their international renown, and among them figured the superb wine produced at this huge Laroque estate which, under the ownership of the Lavie family, made up around 270 hectares (667 acres). During the Second Empire, the estate still covered about 130 hectares (321 acres).
It remains today the largest wine estate in Saint-Emilion with 61 hectares (151 acres) under vine.
Terroir : Plateau made up of chestnut-coloured and red clays over asteria limestone with east-facing terraces and west-facing slopes of very chalky, fine blueish clays.
Vineyard : 61 hectares (151 acres) of old vines from massal selections – Merlot and Cabernet of over 50 years old.
Description : An incredibly elegant second wine!!!
The vines of Laroque have an incomparable genetic heritage that determines the authenticity of this wine. Just like its big brother, Les Tours de Laroque is incredibly elegant with aromas of cherry and plum. Velvety and fresh, it has a nice acidity with firm tannins. 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc.
Vineyard : Selected vineyards at 18kms from the sea and 250m above sea level. Clay and limestone soil rich in minerals.