Chateau Larose Perganson Haut-Médoc 2015
Château Larose Perganson lies in Saint-Laurent-Médoc, on the border of Pauillac and Saint-Julien, next to the vineyards of Château Latour. The property dates back to 1719. Up until the 1830s, the wines fetched prices that would have seen it be classified as a ‘Cru Classé’ in 1855 if the vineyards and the quality hadn’t fallen into disrepair by that stage. After years of neglect, the property was purchased in 1986 by the same company that owns Château Larose Trintaudon and has since been nursed back to health. A key part of this came in 1999 when they were certified by the sustainable development programme 'Vignoble Responsible'. In 2010, they were the first European vineyard to be rated ‘exemplary’ in sustainable development.
Château Larose Perganson's 35 hectares of vineyards are located in St Laurent Médoc on Médoc's finest gravelly soils: Günzian gravel from the Quaternary and Pyrenean gravel. It produces consistently award-winning wines at a fraction of the price of its illustrious neighbours (Château Latour).
Grape sorting was carried out twice (post-harvest and after destemming), to ensure only the best grapes were used for fermentation. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks to retain the primary bright fruit with gentle punch downs to minimise extraction of hard drying tannins. The wine was then blended and aged in French barriques, 50% new, for 12 to 16 months.
This wine is intense ruby in colour with crimson hues. The nose shows hints of blackberries with spicier notes coming to the fore. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied with polished elegant tannins, great structure and a very long finish.