The 2019 Laroque lacks a bit of complexity on the nose – high-toned black fruit, touches of hickory and crushed black peppercorns. Slightly animally in style, though attractive. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, quite pliant, well balanced with a smooth and quite velvety finish. After a slow entrance, it starts to seduce and I strongly suspect it would have deserved a more generous score in line with my previous assessments given more aeration. Tasted blind at the Southwold annual tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2042
Robert Parker 94
A terrific effort from an estate that was long one of Saint-Ã‰milion’s sleeping giants, the 2019 Laroque unwinds in the glass with aromas of cherries, licorice, loamy soil, rose petals and sweet tobacco. Medium to full-bodied, ample and layered, it’s deep and concentrated, with succulent aids, powdery tannins and a seamless, integrated profile. It’s well worth seeking out.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2049