The Château Larroque coats the glass with its deep garnet color, like a young Saint-Émilion, and the nose unfurls gradually with aromas of ripe griotte cherries, black currants, dried rose petals, and wood smoke, that sometimes alternate with fleeting suggestions of fresh garden sage, eucalyptus, and just rained on autumn leaves as the nose evolves in the glass. On the palate, the wine is supple and concentrated, with a generous core of sweet black fruit flavors seasoned with fresh white tobacco, grated nutmeg, and powdered cocoa, all elegantly punctuated by silky, round, fine-grained tannins.
About this wine producer: There are five hectares of vines (along with seventy-five hectares of cereals, sunflowers, and pasturage) at this ancient working farm in Sainte Christie, in the heart of the Armagnac region. Pascal Bozzi renovated the original eighteenth-century cellar ten years ago, and with the help of his enologist friend Stéphane Beuret, grows about 2000 cases of the most elegant red wine in all of the Côtes de Gascogne. Stéphane Beuret is best known for his work at the University of Bordeaux, where he won the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux Grand Prix in 1998, and we know him as the consulting enologist at Château Brûlesécaille, one of our favorite estates in the Côtes de Bourg. His meticulous cellar work at Château Larroque, which includes aging the wine for twelve months in a mix of used barrels that he buys from his best clients in Bordeaux, along with Pascal’s impeccable organic farming (manure from his Aubrac beef cattle enriches the compost), results in a unique red wine that puts many more expensive Bordeaux to shame.