Kraftvoll und opulent. Laroque zeigt saftige Brombeerfrucht die rasch Lust auf mehr macht. Exzellenter Wein, der in einer Linie mit seinen beiden exzellenten Vorgängerjahren steht. Womöglich zeigt er sogar noch etwas dichteres Tannin.
Jeb Dunnuck:"Possibly one of the best buys out there, the 2020 Château Laroque comes from a cooler, clay and limestone terroir on the eastern side of the appellation, and this is exactly what you wanted in this vintage. Revealing a vivid purple hue as well as stunning notes of blueberries, cassis, liquid violets, and white truffle, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a seamless, elegant texture, and gorgeous length on the finish. It plays in the more nuanced, elegant end of the spectrum yet still brings ample fruit, richness, and texture. It’s a stunning bottle of wine all about finesse and elegance. Tasted twice." (95-97)
Lisa Perrotti-Brown:"The 2020 Laroque is a blend of 99% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc, aging for around 16 to 18 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. The alcohol is 14.5%. Displaying a deep purple-black color, it slowly unfurls in the glass to reveal fantastically opulent notes of Indian spices, rose oil, dark chocolate and licorice, over a core of blueberry preserves, stewed plums and mulberries, plus a hint of dried mint. The medium to full-bodied palate is packed with layers of black and blue fruits, accented by exotic spices and supported by a racy backbone and velvety tannins, finishing long and perfumed. Gorgeous." (94-96)
James Suckling:"This is really focused and linear with tight, minerally tannins that are polished and energetic. It’s medium-to full-bodied with dark and blue fruit in the center palate. Long and focused."(94-95)
Decanter:"Plenty of sappy, well defined juice running underneath the moody tannic frame, but you need to look away right now because this is closed and subdued. Blueberry purée and a limestone scrape helps build momentum through the mid-palate – give this time. David Suire manages the winemaking."(92)
Falstaff:"Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, opaker Kern, violette Reflexe, sehr zarte Randaufhellung. Frische schwarze Beerenfrucht, ein Hauch von Lakritze, frische Orangenzesten, rauchiger Touch. Saftig, elegant, rotbeerige Nuancen, frische Struktur, feine Tannine, mineralisch im Nachhall, zitroniger Touch."(91-93)