2018 Laroque Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JD 96 JL 95 WA 95 JS 94 JA 94 VN 94 WE 94 DC 92 WS 92
JD 96

jebdunnuck.com, March 2021

This estate is in a cool, limestone terroir on the eastern side of Saint- Emilion, and it's been firing on all cylinders over the past decade, in no small part due to the talented director, David Suire. The 2018 Château...
JL 95

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2021

With a good depth of color, the fleshy wine is rich, full-bodied, luscious and loaded with a myriad of dark red berries, black cherries and just a touch of blue fruit. Concentrated, opulent and silky, the finish really...
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2021

The 2018 Laroque is composed of 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, aged in 50% new barriques. The alcohol is 14.5% and the pH is 3.48. Deep garnet-purple colored, it bursts from the glass with flamboyant notes of stewed...
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, February 2021

Aromas of ripe blackcurrants, spiced cherries, cloves, praline, tea leaves and crushed gravel. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, tightly knit tannins and fresh acidity. Fleshy, chewy layers lead to a long, mineral...
JA 94

janeanson.com, September 2021

Among the oldest estates in St Emilion, dating back to the Middle Ages, this is pure restrained limestone, and stands as an excellent reflection of why this type of terroir worked so well in 2018. The ph for example, is...
VN 94

Vinous, March 2021

The 2018 Laroque fulfills the promise it showed from barrel last year. It has an irresistible bouquet of layered black cherry and blueberry fruit, fresh and lively with beautifully integrated oak. The palate is...
WE 94

Wine Enthusiast, September 2021

This well-textured, rich wine has a firm texture that promises a future of smoothness and concentration. Touches of vanilla from wood aging combine with ripe black-currant fruits in a wine that should be ready from 2026. ...
DC 92

Decanter, April 2021

The colour is deep and bright, the nose a little restrained but the pitch is fresh and there’s a good density of fruit. The signature of the limestone soils is clearly marked on the palate but the finesse of the tannins...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, March 2021

This has some frank ripeness with a mix of dark plum, loganberry and cherry paste flavors. They're integrated nicely though, with a sandalwood and dried anise spine for form through the refined finish. Best from 2022...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint Emilion
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Laroque Bordeaux Blend from the esteemed region of Saint Emilion in Bordeaux, France is a red wine that exudes elegance, finesse, and complexity. With its deep garnet-purple color, this wine is a true visual delight that immediately captures the attention.

On the nose, the 2018 Laroque reveals an array of captivating aromas. Stewed black plums, Black Forest cake, and boysenberries dominate the bouquet, creating a luscious and irresistible olfactory experience. As the wine opens up, delicate hints of candied violets, star anise, and unsmoked cigars emerge, adding layers of complexity. A playful waft of sassafras further enhances the aromatic profile, making it all the more intriguing.

Medium to full-bodied, the palate of the 2018 Laroque is a symphony of flavors. Juicy black fruits take center stage, supported by plush tannins that provide a velvety texture. The wine showcases remarkable freshness, a testament to its quality and craftsmanship. The finish is long and fragrant, leaving a lasting impression on the senses.

Renowned wine critic Lisa Perrotti-Brown of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded this wine an impressive score of 95 points. She describes it as flamboyant and packed with juicy black fruits, highlighting its vibrant character and impeccable balance. Other critics, such as James Suckling, Decanter, Jeff Leve, Vinous, Wine Spectator, Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Enthusiast, and Jane Anson, also praised the 2018 Laroque for its remarkable qualities, awarding it scores ranging from 92 to 96 points.

Crafted predominantly from Merlot grapes (97%) and complemented by a touch of Cabernet Franc (3%), the 2018 Laroque showcases the true potential of this iconic Bordeaux blend. Aged in 50% new barriques, this wine exhibits a perfect harmony between fruit, oak, and structure.

With an alcohol percentage of 14.5%, this wine is a testament to the exceptional quality of the 2018 vintage in Saint Emilion. Its aging potential is remarkable, and it is recommended to be enjoyed from 2023 onwards to fully appreciate its finesse and complexity.

In conclusion, the 2018 Laroque Bordeaux Blend is a wine that embodies the essence of Saint Emilion. With its captivating aromas, vibrant palate, and exceptional reviews from renowned critics, this wine is a true gem that showcases the artistry and expertise of the Laroque estate. Whether you are a connoisseur or a wine enthusiast, the 2018 Laroque is an experience not to be missed.