2006 - Ch Lafon Rochet 4ème Cru St Estèphe
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Lafon-Rochet
Region
St Estèphe
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2013 - 2025
Case size
12x75cl
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2006 CH LAFON ROCHET 4ÈME CRU ST ESTÈPHE - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Lafon-Rochet
Region
St Estèphe
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2013 - 2025
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £542.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, May 2007,
    Score: 89-92

    Basile Tesseron was all smiles pouring his family's 2006. Unusual for the Médoc, his 2006 is madewith a majority of Merlot (53%) from a plateau of old vines that were mostly planted in 1938. Dueto its micro-climate, it avoided most of the rain and was able to attain greater ripeness than in 2005. Powerful with exceptional freshness, this medium to full-bodied wine offers a tight, mineral palate with lively acidity and a deep, sweet fruit core. Its textured St. Estèphe tannins offer excellent structure and a fresh breath of terroir.A soulful wine with real character.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, February 2009,
    Score: 88

    Earthy, autumnal, vegetative notes intermixed with sweet cola, black cherry, and black currant are present in this dense purple-colored wine. Firm tannins are present, but the wine has excellent fruit, depth, and texture. Drink: 2013 - 2022

  • RP

    Robert Parker, May 2007,
    Score: 89-90

    Always a noteworthy value among the Medoc's classified growths, the 2006 Lafon Rochet offers a darkopaque purple color as well as a classic bouquet of blue and black fruits intermixed with damp earth and toasty oak. Medium to full-bodied, powerful, and rich, it is not yet complex, but the fruit is present, the texture is enticing, and the wine appears set for 15-18 years of longevity. Drink: 2007 - 2025

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, May 2007,
    Score: 16.5

    Dark crimson. Some rich chocolatey notes on top. Round and easy even slightly floral very user-friendly even if not as concentrated as the average Saint-Estèphe 2006 perhaps should be. Clean if slightly light on the finish.

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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.