Château Laujac has long been under the expert ownership of the Cruse family. The vineyards sit on deep gravel banks which run down to meadows where cattle and horses graze. This 2016 has beautifully fine aromas, combining smoky spice with violets and cassis. The Merlot in the blend (51%) brings rich fleshiness and roundness, with Cabernet Sauvignon (42%) and Petit Verdot (7%) contributing energy, structure and scent. The finish is precise and persistent.