2020 - Ch Lafon Rochet 4ème Cru St Estèphe
06C0LAFRM3PK _ 2020 - Ch Lafon Rochet 4ème Cru St Estèphe - 3x150cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Lafon-Rochet
Region
St Estèphe
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2029 - 2049
Case size
3x150cl

2020 CH LAFON ROCHET 4ÈME CRU ST ESTÈPHE - 3x150cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Lafon-Rochet
Region
St Estèphe
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2029 - 2049
Case size
3x150cl

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, May 2021,
    Score: 93-95

    61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot Basile Tesseron is reaping all the rewards from his investment in a highly sophisticated new winery. This wine has all the traditional depth and weight we associate with Lafon Rochet, but has a new-found layer of refinement and almost lace-like texture. With intense flavours of brambles and hedgerow fruits, this is a fine, energetic style and is just hugely pleasing with a great life ahead.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, May 2021,
    Score: 92-94

    The 2020 Lafon-Rochet was picked September 15–20 and marks the first collaboration between consultants Jean-Claude Berrouet and Eric Boissenot, who both worked on the blending. It has a really lovely bouquet of blackberry, briar and faint estuarine scents, hints of crushed iris flower emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins and modest depth, and quite fleshy; lip-smacking salinity urges you to take another sip. Intriguingly, it comes across a tad Pomerol-like on the finish, completing a top-notch Lafon-Rochet that may well end up at the top of my banded score. Drink 2024 - 2044

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
    Score: 93-95

    The 2020 Lafon-Rochet is fabulous. The aromatics along are dazzling. Gracious and yet effusive, with tons of nuance, the 2020 dazzles from start to finish. Inky dark fruit, new leather, spice, lavender and menthol fill the room with soaring intensity. Silky, elegant and so pure, Lafon-Rochet is shaping up to be one of the real under the radar gems of 2020. It's a terrific effort from Basile Tesseron. Don't miss it. Drink 2030 - 2050.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2021,
    Score: 93-94

    Blackberry and spice with firm, chewy tannins that show polish and focus. It’s medium-to full-bodied with excellent energy. Blackberry and blackcurrant character on the finish with a touch of cedar and spice.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, May 2021,
    Score: 17.5+

    This is a classy 2020 from Lafon-Rochet with dreamy, plum and cherry fruit and a smattering of spice and oak on the finish. The restraint and the control of the flow of fruit is to be admired and nothing is rushed or unnecessarily overexcited. True to its commune, there is a lovely lick of Saint-Estèphe minerality here which prickles on the palate and the finish is long, suave and rewarding

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
    Score: 17

    Deep lustrous purplish crimson. Interesting vitality to the nose, almost as though biodynamic techniques were employed here. Lovely balance of ripeness and vitality. This is a very successful 2020. It may be dismissed by some because the tannins are not obvious but it's a delightful drink – already! Very distinctive. Perhaps not for seriously long-term cellaring but well done Basile Tesseron for producing something so appetising and groundbreaking. The finish is impressively persistent. 13.5%. Drink 2025 – 2040

  • JD

    Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
    Score: 93-95+

    I loved the 2020 Château Lafon-Rochet, a rich, powerful, concentrated Saint-Estèphe that stays beautifully balanced and elegant. Lots of pure cassis and darker currant fruits as well as tobacco, chocolate, and damp herb notes define the nose, and it's medium to full-bodied, with plenty of mid-palate depth, building tannins, and a great finish. It's going to take 7-8 years to hit the early stages of maturity, but it's a brilliant wine. The blend is 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, with an alcohol of 13.5 and a pH of 3.68. Tasted twice.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
    Score: 94-96

    Deeply colored, the wine is full-bodied, concentrated, long, dark, round, dark and energetic. The fruits are plush, ripe, sweet and fleshy. The mid-palate shows off its blend of cassis, blackberry, cocoa, tobacco leaf and spice with little effort. The finish is long, clean and vibrant with a creamy textured endnote. This should age and develop nicely for at least 2-3 decades.

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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.