2021 - Ch Lafon Rochet 4ème Cru St Estèphe
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Lafon-Rochet
Region
St Estèphe
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2027 - 2038
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur

2021 CH LAFON ROCHET 4ÈME CRU ST ESTÈPHE - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Lafon-Rochet
Region
St Estèphe
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2027 - 2038
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur
In Bond
Case price £150.00
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2022,
    Score: 88-90

    The 2021 Lafon-Rochet was picked from 27 September to 8 October with no break between the varieties. There was just a small green harvest resulting in yields of 30hL/ha. It was matured in 50% new oak. It has a tightly wound, backward bouquet with blackberry, briar and graphite scents, quite Pauillac in style (you might see the irony in that). The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins, quite firm with a solid backbone. Fresh and slightly muscular on the finish. Fine, but not quite as chiselled as others this year. 13% alcohol. Drink 2024 - 2040

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, April 2022,
    Score: 89-91

    The last vintage produced under the Tesseron family, the 2021 Lafon-Rochet exhibits aromas of dark berries, plums, licorice and spices, followed by a medium-bodied, lively and succulent palate that's fleshy and layered, framed by powdery tannins. A charming, supple effort, it will drink well on release.

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2022,
    Score: 91-93

    The 2021 Lafon-Rochet is a wine of notable precision. It will be interesting to see if it gains a bit more flesh in élevage. Today, the 2021 is decidedly lithe in feel. Crushed flowers, mint, rose petal and bright acids lend energy to a core of red berry fruit. Captivating in its inner perfume and elegance, Lafon-Rochet is the most Pauillac-like of the Saint-Estèphes. Drink 2031-2046

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2022,
    Score: 90-92

    A very poignant tasting at Lafon Rochet, famed for its deep yellow walls, and a landmark in the commune of St Estephe. 2021 marks the last vintage from Michel Tesseron and his son Basile, following the sale of the estate in January 2022. Basile can leave with his head held high: this is a lovely example of this fine Chateau’s wine. A blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 1 % Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc, it is juicy, rich, and succulent with fruit compote flavours. Excellent integration of fruit, a dry tannic frame, and bright lively finish.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, April 2022,
    Score: 91-93

    Cedar, tobacco leaf, herbs, peppery spice and black raspberries. The wine is medium-bodied, soft, energetic and fresh, with a lifted, red currant and leafy endnote. The wine was made from blending 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. 13% ABV. The is the final vintage for the Tesseron family. Subsequent vintages will be produced by Jackie Lorenzetti, along with the team of Emmanuel Cruse, the new owner of the property. Drink from 2023-2035

  • JA

    Jane Anson, April 2022,
    Score: 87

    Saline and linear, blueberry and raspberry fruits, with a touch of greengage and raspberry leaf that suggests things are just skirting ripenss. Floral aromatics lift things up as it travels through the palate, but the finish is soft and a little diluted. Plenty of change happening at this 41ha estate that is located just over the border from Pauillac, next to Lafite and Cos d'Estournel, with Jacky Lorenzetti arriving as new owner in January 2022, and Christophe Congé appointed technical director a few months later, arriving from Lafite, making 2021 a transition vintage - particularly difficult in such a tough year. 32hl/h yield, 70% 1st wine. 2nd year in official conversion to organic, wll be certified with 2023 vintage. Harvest 27 to October 8. 30hl/h yield, 50% new oak. Tasted twice.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, May 2022,
    Score: 17.5+

    Lean, pure, long, and driven by its Cabernet core, this is an adroit wine with a fair chunk of fine-grained tannin on its finish, making it one of the more backward wines on the Left Bank. The fruit is tense enough to last the journey, and in spite of this crispness, this is a wonderfully balanced wine with an unwavering cassis theme.

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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.