Château Laroze has been a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé since the first classification in 1955 and is the historic product of the property. The subtlety of its aromas derive from the main duo in its composition: Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
This combination is unusual in these proportions for a Saint-Emilion wine and produces an atypical yet appealing tasting experience:
- A discrete, measured attack with recognisable Merlot flavours, then once on the palate, it grows into an aromatically intense, big-tasting wine as the Cabernet Franc kicks in.
- A long, fresh, flavoursome finish resulting from the finely crafted blend of five varieties: Merlot (60%), Cabernet Franc (28%), Cabernet Sauvignon (8%), Malbec (1%) and Petit Verdot (3%).
Château Laroze is said to be a complex wine with many layers that is both sumptuous and subtle, and whose main characteristics are balance and harmony.
La Fleur Laroze
This is the property’s second wine, which is a Grand Cru. Its main characteristic is its complexity that is more modest than that of Château Laroze, the 1st wine.
How? This is achieved by reducing the blend to our two main grape varieties with 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. As a result, the winemaking process is adapted and the wine is aged accordingly.
While it is our second wine chronologically, because it appeared later in the history of the property, it is in no way less great. La Fleur Laroze is a stylised version of Château Laroze and does not alter the property’s trademark recipe of using a large proportion of Cabernet Franc. This characteristic is what distinguishes the three most celebrated Saint-Emilion wines, but is rare elsewhere; it is so natural for Laroze.
La Fleur Laroze reveals its aromas as soon as the bottle is uncorked – it does not need to breathe. Its talent becomes apparent in the very first years of being kept. It is known for its ageing potential and has been hailed as a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru.
Lady Laroze is our wine that pays tribute to women:
- The woman who founded Château Laroze in 1882, Pétronille Aimé Nelly Gurchy, née Chollet. She got Château Laroze up and running, when she was 46 years old! She was a businesswoman with a strong assertive character at a time, when business was generally handled by men.
- And the woman, who worked so hard and took major decisions to ensure that the property would be handed down to future generations, Andrée Meslin, née Gurchy. Without her, Château Laroze would no longer exist today.
The first vintage of Lady Laroze was made in 2009 and released for sale in 2010, as if to celebrate the longevity of the Gurchy – Meslin family and 400 years of winegrowing in Saint-Emilion (1610-2010).