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

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

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    Château Lafon Rochet, 4ème Cru Classé, St Estèphe, 2008

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Château Lafon Rochet, 4ème Cru Classé, St Estèphe, 2008

    This little fourth growth has very impressive neighbours - Lafite Rothschild to the south and Cos d`Estournel to the east. It is therefore no coincidence that Lafon Rochet makes some really charming wines with real finesse and delicacy. The 2008 exhibits spicy, cinnamon notes as well as hints of Christmas pudding and minerals. Lovely pure silky fruit - juicy and plump, packed with black currants. There is a gravelly finesse to this wine, a real charmer.

    Maturity:
    Keep/Drink
    ABV:
    13.5%
    94/100
    Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux
    Baked plum, damson, black pepper, edges of cut herbs and dried rose petals, campfire smoke and soot. This is intense but has an aromatic quality that hugs through the palate, and the tannins are plentiful but well controlled. 50% new oak plus some large oak casks, and 400l barrels; almost 60% 1st wine, down from 70% last year (in a better vintage this year, really an indication of the focus on quality under the new team). Harvest September 12 to 27. Eric Boissenot consultant together wtih director Christophe Congé, ex Lafite, in his first full vintage. As of 2024 this will be the first Cru Classé in St Estèphe to be certified organic.
    Date Reviewed:
    05/2023
    93-95/100
    Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent
    A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc, the 2022 Lafon-Rochet has a pH of 3.77 and a TPI of 83. It has a deep garnet-purple color and after a bit of shaking it erupts with intense scents of fresh blackcurrants, black raspberries, and kirsch, followed by hints of underbrush, camphor and iron ore. The full-bodied palate is concentrated and yet possesses lovely freshness, featuring ripe, grainy tannins and loads of mineral sparks which lift the ripe black fruit to a long finish. Impressive effort for the first full vintage under the new management!
    Date Reviewed:
    05/2023
    92-94/100
    Neal Martin, Vinous
    The 2022 Lafon-Rochet was picked from 12 September and over 10 consecutive days at a fairly leisurely pace since the conditions were so clement. After just one day, the juice was already dark red, so the team were prudent with extraction. Quite classic in style, this offers blackberry, light wild strawberry and iris flower scents. Backward at first, it then opens gradually with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins. I admire the balance and precision of this Lafon-Rochet, real finesse here and quite a "cool" and refined finish that fans out with a sense of confidence and composure. Bon vin.
    Date Reviewed:
    05/2023

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    country:
    France
    region:
    Bordeaux
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    Château Lafon Rochet

    Château Lafon Rochet

    The estate had been under the ownership of the Tesseron family since 1960, but in 2021, Château Lafon-Rochet was acquired by the Lorenzetti family. It now joins another trio of Bordeaux estates in the Vignobles Cruse-Lorenzetti portfolio: Châteaux d'Issan, Pédesclaux, and Lilian Ladouys. After a 24-year stint at neighbouring estate, Château Lafite-Rothschild, Christophe Congé is now the Managing Director at Château Lafon-Rochet - the 2023 will have been his second vintage at the estate.

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