2005 - Ch Lafon Rochet 4ème Cru St Estèphe
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Lafon-Rochet
Region
St Estèphe
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2015 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl
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2005 CH LAFON ROCHET 4ÈME CRU ST ESTÈPHE - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Lafon-Rochet
Region
St Estèphe
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2015 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £680.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, March 2018

    This wine occupied a difficult position in the flight, falling after the superb Pichons. But it held its own with grace and charm. The wine showed some tertiary development of savoury fruit, leather and spice. The tannins had a chewy grip, maybe less satin-like than some others, but nonetheless very appealing. It is an open and engaging style, not overly complex, but very enjoyable.

  • RP3

    Robert Parker, June 2015,
    Score: 91

    Dense ruby/purple and still youthful and exuberant, with oodles of cassis and incense, the 2005 Lafon-Rochet is medium to full-bodied, with ripe tannin and a long finish. Just becoming approachable, this wine should continue to drink well for another 10-15 years.

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, April 2008,
    Score: 90

    At present, this structured, backward 2005 is dominated by the vintage's substantial tannins. Itexhibits a saturated ruby/purple color, a reticent but promising bouquet of sweet black fruits intermixed with weedy tobacco, licorice, and leather characteristics. Medium-bodied and powerful, with excruciating tannin, but promising potential, patience is most definitely required. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 2007,
    Score: 90-93

    A dark ruby/purple color and a bouquet of plums, black raspberries, licorice, roasted herbs, and incense are followed by a medium to full-bodied, rich, structured, backward wine that requires 6-10 years of bottle age. It should drink well for two decades. For some reason, Lafon Rochet remains under-priced for the quality of wines it is producing. Drink 2013-2027

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2006,
    Score: 91-93

    Although it does not yet display much complexity, this stunning, opaque purple-colored wine exhibits sweet creme de cassis fruit, enormous concentration, loads of tannin, and superb purity as well as length. A medium to full-bodied, structured effort, it will require time in the bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2006,
    Score: 16

    Lively, though not especially deep purplish crimson. Intense animal ripeness. Sweet attack and then some oak. Not the subtlest. Marked acidity but slightly stewed fruit. Fades very fast on the palate. Drink 2014-22.

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2006,
    Score: 89-91

    Blackberry with light spice and toasted oak character. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a sweet, ripe fruit finish. Yummy to taste.

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Producer

Château Lafon-Rochet

Ch Lafon Rochet is ideally situated due northwest of Lafite and west of Cos d'Estournel. Though its terroir is exceptional, many critics believed that earlier vintages in the 1970s and 1980s were too tannic and lacked charm. Since the 1990s, it has steadily improved due to several factors such as harvesting later, increasing the amount of new oak and using a higher percentage of Merlot in the blend - a trend which has a strong following in St Estèphe at the moment. The property has been in the hands of the Tesseron family since 1959 and the property has been managed by the third generation of the family, Basile Tesseron, since 2007.

Region

St Estèphe

St Estèphe is the most northern of Médoc communal crus. Its unique terroir is made up of layers of gravel which are supported by a dense clay base. This subsoil retains water in dry seasons and works particularly well with Merlot, a largely planted variety which is used to flesh out Cabernet Sauvignon. This clay base also creates powerful, textured tannins which enable St Estèphe to stand out from the pack. Like St Julien, it is one of the four most important communal appellations of the Médoc which does not contain any first growths, despite its southern border being a stone'sthrow from Château Lafite. Nonetheless, it is home to some excellent châteaux making fine wines such as Cos d'Estournel, Montrose, Calon Ségur and Lafon Rochet.