2014 4ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe
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55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 3% Cabenret Franc, 4% Petit Verdot. We have been keen followers of the wines from this great terroir over the last few years. They have done a great job again here in 2014. Lovely aromatic nose, cassis and more brambly fruit. Great feel, quite broad, so dense and there is an almost confected note to the dark plum fruit, deliciously ripe and nicely spicy. Silky, but compact core, lots to get your teeth into. Impressive and should be good value. Rating: 91 L&S (Apr 2015)
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The 2014 Lafon-Rochet does not quite possess the complexity of the 2014 Phélan-Ségur on the nose, broody and introspective but with aeration reveals very pure blackberry and bilberry scents, hints of brine/seawater, cedar and spice. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, plenty of tobacco tinged black fruit, saline and sappy in the mouth so that those taste-buds are flowing by the finish. The more I acquaint myself with this wine, the more I fall for its charms. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2020 - 2040 Rating: 92 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Mar 2018)
Tasted blind. Looks quite evolved. Rich and smooth and very worked. Glamorous. Very dry finish but lots of energy here. Long, and dramatic. Drinking range: 2024 - 2042 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Feb 2018)
This delivers a direct beam of red and black currant fruit mixed with a note of blood orange. Picks up tobacco and warm stone accents through the finish. Drinking range: 2018 - 2026 Rating: 90 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Jan 2017)
Saint Estèphe Quatrième cru 1855 A somewhat complicated history eventually placed the Rochet vineyard - so named due to its rocky soil - into the hands of the Lafon family in the early years of the 17th Century. The family owned the estate until 1895. It passed through several hands until Guy Tesseron, who's family had prospered in the Cognac business, bought the, now run-down, estate in the 1960's. Guy completely renovated Lafon-Rochet, even to the extent of demolishing all of the delapidated buildings and rebuilding a grand 18th Century style chateau, which was painted yellow to match the labels. Thus Lafon-Rochet are almost unique among Haut-Médoc châteaux in being built in the 20th Century. In the 1960's Château Lafon-Rochet's vineyards consisted of just 15ha of Merlot. Today, there are 41ha under vine, and at a more Médoc-like 54% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Grand Vin spends up to 20 months in wood (50% ish new). Sitting inland from Cos d'Estournel, facing across the Jalle de Brieul at Duhart Milon and Lafite, Lafon-Rochet has some very noble neighbours. The Tesseron family also own Château Pontet-Canet.
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