2016 Ch Lafon Rochet 4ème Cru St Estèphe - 6x150cl
  • Colour Red
  • Producer Château Lafon-Rochet
  • Region St Estèphe
  • Grape Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
  • Drinking 2026 - 2038
  • Case size 6x150cl
  • Available Now

2016 - Ch Lafon Rochet 4ème Cru St Estèphe - 6x150cl

  • Colour Red
  • Producer Château Lafon-Rochet
  • Region St Estèphe
  • Grape Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
  • Drinking 2026 - 2038
  • Case size 6x150cl
  • Available Now
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Case price: £566.47 Duty Paid inc VAT
Equivalent Bottle Price: £94.41 Duty Paid inc VAT
Case price: £440.00 In Bond
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  • Goedhuis, April 2017, Score: 91-93

    The combination of a new state-of-the-art winery and the wonderful dynamism and energy of the winemaking team, headed by the delightful Basile Tesseron, ensure that this is one of the sensations of the vintage in its category. Brilliant purple in colour, this has an abundance of black berried fruits on the nose. In the palate it is full of blackberries and loganberries, with shining bright freshness, giving a feeling of joy and pleasure. DR

  • Neal Martin, January 2019, Score: 93

    The 2016 Lafon-Rochet has quite a floral bouquet, pressed iris infiltrating the black fruit, and touches of tar coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite elegant in style, refined and much more approachable that I expected, yet still with satisfying substance and a light pepperiness on the aftertaste. This is a beautiful Lafon-Rochet from Basile Tesseron and his team. 2021 - 2040

  • Neal Martin, April 2017, Score: 91-93

    The 2016 Lafon Rochet is a blend of 25% Merlot, 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc cropped at 46 hectoliters per hectare and matured in 50% new oak. The harvest was between 1 October and 20 October. The alcohol is 13.6%, which is just a little higher here than say Cos d'Estournel or Montrose. It has a very succinct bouquet with blackberry, bilberry and light oyster shell aromas, classic in style, more reserved than I found the 2015 Lafon Rochet last year. The palate is medium-bodied with powerful tannin on the entry, a keen line of acidity (3.65 pH), fine symmetry with a pleasant rondeur on the finish sprinkled with black pepper and tobacco. This is a very fine Lafon Rochet from Basile Tesseron and his team.

  • Antonio Galloni, January 2019, Score: 95

    A sleeper in this vintage, the 2016 Lafon-Rochet is positively stellar. Bright, translucent and super-expressive, the 2016 has so much to offer. Lavender, tobacco, cedar, mint and dried herbs give the 2016 striking aromatic top notes to play off the darker fruit flavors. The 2016 is pure class. Don't miss it. 2024 - 2041

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2017, Score: 91-94

    The 2016 Lafon-Rochet is a worthy follow-up to the 2015, although it is much less obvious than that wine. Scents of smoke, graphite, leather, wild cherry, lavender and blueberry give the 2016 its beguiling, expressive personality. Deep and concentrated but not big or overdone, it is likely to require at least a handful of years to be at its best. The long, persistent finish, punctuated by grippy tannins, is a thing of beauty. The 2016 has the most Cabernet ever at the estate. Proprietor Basile Tesseron told me he expects to increase plantings of Cabernet Franc at the property. Tasted three times.

  • James Suckling, April 2017, Score: 93-94

    Plenty of fruit and concentration to this wine, and it’s buttressed by the tannins. Muscular and intense. Full-bodied yet reserved and tight. Excellent.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2017, Score: 17.5+

    Classic, layered and suave, this is a focussed, intense Lafon-Rochet with serious intent and masses of power beneath the bonnet. The nose shows the way with succulent fruit and showy oak and then the palate calms down to reveal a wonderful, balanced finish.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2017, Score: 16.5

    Not the deepest crimson. Broad and rich and a bit beefy and yeast-extract-like. A tad scrawny on the end. Drink 2024-2038

  • Tim Atkin, May 2017, Score: 93

    Another winery that’s benefited from a shiny new cellar in recent vintages, this is every bit as good as the 2015, which was made in more difficult circumstances. Blueberry and cassis fruit, floral aromas, tangy acidity and a nip of fine-grained tannin. A very stylish St Estèphe. 2024-32

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 str...Read more

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.Read less

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.