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Château-Lafon-Rochet Saint Estèphe 2005

Château-Lafon-Rochet Saint Estèphe 2005


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Lafon-Rochet is both simple and complex, with black fruit aromas in most vintages. It exemplifies a smoothness and expression unique to Saint Estephe, as well as a certain warmth and elegant roundness due to the Merlot grape. Just as Grandma's old apple tree at the bottom of the garden has tastier apples, grapes form old vines produce wine with more flavor and concentration. And, although they produce less, their fruit reflects the terroir more faithfully.
Category Red Wine
Region France, Bordeaux, St. Estephe
Brand Château-Lafon-Rochet
  • st91

International Wine CellarGood red-ruby. Very ripe aromas of musky currant , black raspberry, camphor and tobacco leaf. Round and plump for St. Estephe, with noteworthy volume and seamless texture; sweeter by far than the chateau's 2007 or 2006 samples but possesses harmonious framing acidity. Finishes with broad tannins that arrive late. A big success.

Stephen Tanzer, May 2008
  • we89-91

Wine EnthusiastWhile there are superripe fruit aromas, the structure of this wine is totally solid. Somewhere lurking under the shell is huge black fruit, but now it is dark and very dry.

Roger Voss, June 1, 2006
  • ws90

Wine SpectatorHas notes of blackberry, with Indian spices and green tea. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins, a silky texture and a medium finish. Balanced and very refined. A beautiful young wine. Best after 2011.

James Suckling, March 31, 2008