2014 Laroque, Margaux (Previously $25)

SKU #1277308 92 points James Suckling

 Some obvious toasty oak aromas here, but this fairly sleek and tannic wine also has plenty of fruit up its sleeve and comes across fresh and lively, rather than heavy or ponderous.  (2/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator

 This sports a brambly streak amid the bright raspberry and boysenberry compote flavors. Fresh star anise and black tea details enhance the finish. Approachable now, but there's no rush. (JM)  (3/2017)


 The 2014 Laroque is a plump, juicy wine to drink now and over the next few years. Sweet red cherry, plum, mocha and floral notes, along with soft contours, add to the wine's considerable near- and medium-term appeal. It will be interesting to see what new estate manager David Suire brings to Laroque in forthcoming vintages. (AG)  (2/2017)

K&L Notes

Château Laroque grows grapes on just 2.5 hectares in the appellation of Margaux. The vineyard is planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. The vines are an average of 35 years old and sit on gravel and clay-limestone soil.

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/30/2017 | Send Email
How can you say no to a Margaux for less than 25 bucks that is ready to drink tonight? This is toasty and wonderfully ripe with sweet raspberry fruit in abundance and alluring scents of flowers and lightly charred oak. The finish is long, plush and soft until some stealthy tannins sneak in at the very end.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/4/2016 | Send Email
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Château Laroque grows grapes on just 2.5 hectares in the appellation of Margaux. 35% Merlot and 65% Cab Sauv. The wine has wonderful texture with great acid balance and length. Crushed blackberries and chocolate notes on the nose and palate. Will cellar well but good now with decanting one hour.
Drink from 2017 to 2025

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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- Margaux is the southern most of all of the appellations of the Haut Medoc. Located near St. Julien, it has more cru classe producers than the other four villages of the area. In addition to the legendary Chateau Margaux, there are five second-growths: Rauzan Gassies, Rauzan Seglas, Dufort-Vivens, Lascombes, and Brane Cantenac. While more people are probably familiar with the third growth Chateau Palmer, there are nine other wineries with the same ranking in addition to a trio of fourth growths and a pair of fifth growths. Because Margaux is comprised of five communes… Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Labardes and Arsac, the wines styles are diverse throughout the region with the more masculine tannic wines coming from the Cantenac side of the appellation. Because of a high percentage of Merlot planted in the region, many wines from Margaux are more round, feminine, and exotic that the other appellations of the Haut Medoc.