Château Larose-Perganson is an Haut Médoc of masterful tradition. It recounts the story of the pioneer planters of the Médoc, like Jean-Pierre de Pontet who chose this terroir to found Château Larose-Perganson in 1719. He discovered that the ancient bed of the Garonne, composed of round river pebbles carried here from the Pyrenees in the Quaternary period, created a miraculous terroir for the vines and the quality of the grapes. The wine they produced developed power and structure that enabled it to undergo lengthy ageing, and be improved by cellaring. More than a simple thirst-quenching wine, this was wine of another dimension altogether. And the better the terroir was adapted to the grape, the more the wine gained in quality and ageing potential.
Larose-Perganson figured amongst the “new French clarets” – wines of exceptional quality that are now legendary. For as long as its terroir is respected the estate will continue to produce a classic Haut-Médoc that is timeless and immutable. That is why, in spite of the disappearance of its château in the aftermath of the war, it continued to live. Today it is chateau bottled in the Vignobles de Larose cellars at Larose-Trintaudon, its neighbour. The absence of its own chateau building and status as an independent legal entity precludes it from ever being classified as a Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel or obtaining organic accreditation. However, it was designated a Cru Bourgeois Supérieur in 2020 and its production adheres strictly to the organic specifications charter.
Good, sparkling ruby colour. Nose of light tobacco, cinnamon, slightly vanilla. The palate shows a nice impression of sweetness on the attack with the freshness of red fruit (wild strawberry, red currant). The wine is balanced with a finish that is still a little young, and the tannins a bit taut. Plenty of charm and elegance!
To be decanted 1 hour before tasting
Enjoy from now until 2023-2025
Haut-Médoc – Cru Bourgeois
– 35 hectares of vineyards.
– Soil: Gunzian gravel from the Quaternary and Pyrenean gravel.
– Planting density: 10,000 vines per hectare: the aim is to obtain optimal quality with lower yields.
– Average age of vines: 35 years.
– 54% Cabernet Sauvignon
– 43% Merlot
– 3% de Petit Verdot
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Classic three week initial fermentation. Aged in oak barrels for 12 to 16 months.