2014 Laroque, Margaux
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.
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)
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)
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.