Château Lafon Rochet, 4ème Cru Classé, St Estèphe, 2017

  Château Lafon Rochet

Château Lafon Rochet, 4ème Cru Classé, St Estèphe

Lafon Rochet is now 100% biodynamic. The charming Basille Tesseron is a big advocate of this farming technique and cares passionately about the environment and protecting his wonderful vineyards. This is not always an easy wine to assess from barrel, it does require patience and usually develops into a really pleasant mid-term drink. There is something decidedly feral about the 2017 sample. It is slightly reductive and stinky. There is lots of extract, perhaps it is a little too ambitious - dense and grippy, but a little too severe for us. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Lafon Rochet

Basil Tesseron’s 4th growth Lafon Rochet, which neighbours Chateau Lafite, is undertaking several bold changes. Superstar consultant Denis Dubourdieu has been drafted in to join Lucus Leclercq, the new technical director, previously at Cheval Blanc and Domaine Romanee Conti. Half of the vineyards are now being farmed bio-dynamically.

Appellation: St Estèphe

A part of St-Estèphe is separated from Pauillac's Lafite only by a stream.Though St-Estèphe contains some gravel, it is largely renowned for the high clay content of its soils compared with other vineyards on the left bank. These wetter cooler soils favour the Merlot, hence the relatively large proportion of plantings compared neighbouring communes, though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates. The cool soils means the grapes are later ripeing and tend to have high acidities, archetypal St Estèphe is a strong-willed, tannic structured wine to be laid down. The stars of St-Estèphe are Montrose, Cos d’Estournel and Calon-Segur, whilst Haut Marbuzet and Lafon Rochet have been producing excellent value wines over the last few years.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot

A classic partnership. The stock left bank Bordeaux blend also used to good affect in the New World. Cabernet's, acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics.