Beyond Bordeaux’s familiar list of big-name producers, there is a cast of supporting players who go about their business with little fuss, consistently turning out excellent wines at good prices.
Château Laroque, St-Emilion GCC 2010
87% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Château Laroque: 5,200-7,000 vines/ha
Richly textured, youthful red. Warm autumn berry fruits on the nose, with Merlot dominant in an elegantly robust manner. A certain freshness on the palate over naturally ripe fruit, leathery overtones, a good density of earthy/irony flavours, firm tannins, opening up well with a good decade in front of it.
Stockist: £20.53 Uvinum
Taster: Steven Spurrier