With vineyards composed of 87% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateau Laroque is the largest estate in Saint Emilion with 61 hectares of undivided vineyard, from which only twenty seven hectares of the best plots and oldest vines are used for the production of Chateau Laroque Grand Cru Classe. The use of modern winemaking techniques combined with the vast experience is ageing enables Chateau Laroque to produce a wine that is both elegant and balanced, blending its outstanding qualities with the inimitable nobility bestowed upon it by nature.
Chateau Laroque dates back to the distant era of Anglo-Norman invasion. All that remains of the feudal past is an imposing 12th century tower which was left standing when the chateau was rebuilt in the seventeenth. In spite of its prestige, the estate gradually fell into disuse at the beginning of the 20th century, as a result of successive wars and crises. Winemaking ceased with nothing pointing to a bright future. Its purchase by the Beaumartin family in 1935 marked the start of an ambitious challenge. In 1962, forty hectares of vines were replanted. In 1982, Bruno Saintson became Estate Manager and, together with his team, undertook a veritable quest for excellence. Xavier Beaumartin took up the reigns of the estate in 2004, a visible sign of the family’s attachment and investment that have enabled Chateau Laroque to regain all the splendour of its prestigious past.