Our most popular French wine for three years running has been the delicious Cabernet Franc by Domaine Laroque. We now have the exclusive opportunity to offer two new exciting wines from the same property near the walled city of Carcassonne. The Laroque Chardonnay and Laroque Pinot Noir are grown on the same hillside vineyards, and deliver stunning quality for the price!
– Andy Hall, Wine Buyer
These wines are available now as an exclusive DIRECT IMPORT OFFER on Tuesday, September 9th through Saturday, September 27. This offer is available on solid case purchases only. Single bottles are available for purchase at full retail price.
Wine Department Staff Reviews:
Domaine Laroque Chardonnay
“This is an undeniably complex chardonnay. Pale straw in color, this leads with notes of white peach and apple, and ends with a beautiful hint of slightly toasted nut. I could imagine a multitude of pairing possibilities, but this with a simple roast chicken would be perfect.” – Roger Clark
“A definitely French chardonnay with notes of nuts, marshmallow and white fruit (apples, pears) and cream. I love that the aromatics and flavors are balanced and layered, but never heavy or clumsy. – Noelle Starr
“This shows straight-forward clarity of flavor – apple, pear, melon, and lemon citrus. Soft, yet full-forward texture. I especially like the nice balance of acidity that brightens the fruit flavors on the finish. Shows the Chardonnay grape as crisp and refreshing, with no candied, over-blown heaviness.” – Bill McCleary
“This Chardonnay hails from the western Languedoc region of Carcassonne and is influenced by both the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean climates. The color is a shimmering, bright gold, with a nose showing green apple and lively acidity. The flavor exhibits a beautiful balance between fruit (apple and tropical) and acidity, producing a crisp Chardonnay with a rich mouthfeel.” – Drew Fuller
Domaine Laroque Pinot Noir
“Classic cherry fruit with dark toasty spice notes. Excellent balance highlights all the elements I look for, and am pleased that this really delivers for the price.” – Roger Clark
” This is loaded with cherry and spice. A light-medium body carries the classic Pinot flavors. This is great value French Pinot from one of our most consistent and reliable wineries.” – Noelle Starr
“Aromatics on this wine include ripe red berries, plum, and raspberry. Lightly structured with smooth, soft tannins and bright fruit flavors. Some briary notes of dried leaves and woodiness comes across on the palate. ” – Bill McCleary
“It is fun to try a French Pinot Noir from a region other than Burgundy, which are often out of many people’s price point. Aromas of baking spices, red berry fruits, and a warming sensation lead to a medium-bodied elegant wine with a persistent finish. Some toasty notes are balanced by red cherry fruit, fine grained tannin, and a tingly acidity that makes you want another sip, and another…” -Drew Fuller