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, 2010

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Château Lafon Rochet, 4ème Cru Classé, St Estèphe, 2010

    55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. 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. Basile Tesseron's 2010 is a very smart effort. Plush with lots of presence, this is a large scale Lafon Rochet packed with purple fruits, raspberries and mulberries. Deep and concentrated with plush tannins.

    Maturity:
    Keep
    ABV:
    14%
    93/100
    Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux
    Confident colour extraction, this is dark ruby but nuanced, with vibrant reflections. After two years with Christophe Congé as director, you are starting to see more precision and focus in the constructino of the wine, with blackberry and bilberry fruits set against slate and smoked earth. Balanced alcohols, firm taninins. All four varieties in the blend.
    Date Reviewed:
    05/2024
    91-93/100
    Neal Martin, Vinous
    The 2023 Lafon-Rochet was picked from September 13 to October 5 at 42hL/ha with no saignée. It contains 4% Petit Verdot, as there was more water during the growing season (which Petit Verdot needs_. Matured in 40% new oak, this has quite an intense bouquet with mainly black fruit, hints of graphite and chimney soot, nicely focused though it needs time to absorb the wood. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins that frame the layered blackberry and raspberry fruit laced with white pepper and pencil shavings. This errs slightly toward Pauillac on the finish, which is no surprise given its proximity. Displaying moderate length, this is a fine but grippy, denser Lafon-Rochet that should give 20 years or more of drinking pleasure.
    Date Reviewed:
    04/2024

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    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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