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Lafon Rochet, Quinault L’Enclos, Fonbel and Moulin Saint Georges
18 May 2016

Basile Tesseron of Lafon Rochet has teamed up with Jean Claude Berrouet, the wine-maker at Petrus for over forty years. Jean Claude also consults at Chateau Lafleur, Certan de May and Petrus. Lafon Rochet has certainly benefited from his light touch. In the past, the wines here had concentration and power, but lacked a bit of finesse and charm. Jean Claude Berrouet favours gentle extractions and refined tannins. This was evident in 2015. Gone are any hints of rusticity. This was all about cool, clear fruit, beautifully delineated flavours and fine, sophisticated tannins. Bravo Basile.

Over on the right bank, the team at Cheval Blanc has released Quinault L’Enclos. This project, situated on the outskirts of Libourne, has been transformed since Pierre Olivier Clouet and his team took control. The Cheval Blanc style of precision and clarity is very apparent. Whilst one cannot claim that this rivals the magnificent Cheval Blanc 2015, it is made in the same mould, with the focus on gentle extraction, elegant flavours and the silkiest of tannins. At £235/12 it offers excellent value for money.

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