Château Lafon-Rochet Grand Cru classé en 1855

The Château Lafon Rochet

The estate's great wine comes from the oldest vines.

The Lafon-Rochet is a wine that is both simple and complex, it expresses aromas of black fruits in the majority of vintages, there is really a fade and a particular expression of Saint Estèphe, a certain warmth and roundness while finesse from the Merlot grape variety.

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Château Lafon Rochet Grand Cru Classé 1855

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Cabernet Sauvigon : 57%
Merlot : 35%
Cabernet Franc : 3%
Petit Verdot : 5%

Tasting comment

Château Lafon Rochet Grand Cru Classé 1855

Blending

Cabernet Sauvigon : 67%
Merlot : 25%
Cabernet Franc : 6%
Petit Verdot : 2%

Tasting comment

The Château Lafon-Rochet 2016 vintage has remarkable strength and length providing much elegance to the tasting experience.

Château Lafon Rochet Grand Cru Classé 1855

Blending

Cabernet Sauvigon : 55%
Merlot : 35%
Cabernet Franc : 4%
Petit Verdot : 6%

Tasting comment

2015 Lafon-Rochet is a total knock-out ! « Explosive, deep and powerful, the 2015 possesses remarkable richness and intensity. A host of black cherry, smoke, gravel, menthol, tar and licorice notes abound. The wine seemed to acquire more and more freshness as well as finesse » - Antonio Galloni

Château Lafon Rochet Grand Cru Classé 1855

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Cabernet Sauvigon : 66%
Merlot : 22%
Cabernet Franc : 4%
Petit Verdot : 4%

Tasting comment

« Jean-Claude Berrouet, 35 vintages of Petrus behind him, brought elegance to this beautiful deep wine, featuring black fruits and cedar aromas, dense, tight, rather tannic. A new beginning » - Le Figaro Selection

Château Lafon Rochet Grand Cru Classé 1855

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Cabernet Sauvigon : 70%
Merlot : 30%

Tasting comment

Château Lafon-Rochet 2013 vintage is a fruity and feminine vintage. The tannins are elegant and fine, and in a few years it will reveal itself and its wonderful aromatic complexity.

Tasting notes

René Gabriel : 16 - Robert Parker : 86-88 - La RVF : 15.5-16 - Jancis Robinson : 15.5 - JM Quarin : 15.75 - Decanter : 90 - Bettane et Desseauve : 16 - Neal Martin : 87-89

Château Lafon Rochet Grand Cru Classé 1855

Blending

Cabernet Sauvigon : 67%
Merlot : 30%
Cabernet Franc : 1%
Petit Verdot : 2%

Tasting comment

The 2012 vintage is already drinking very well. On the nose it has a pleasant sense of power combined with freshness and elegance. In the mouth, the robust attack is followed by a spicy midpalate and a warm finish. This is very harmonious and powerful wine with good ageing potential.
We would recommend opening the wine and decanting prior to tasting.

Tasting notes

René Gabriel : 17 - La RVF : 15-16.5 - Jancis Robinson : 16 - James Suckling : 90-91 - JM Quarin : 15.75-16 - Decanter : 90

Château Lafon Rochet Grand Cru Classé 1855

Blending

Cabernet Sauvigon : 59%
Merlot : 33%
Cabernet Franc : 5%
Petit Verdot : 3%

Tasting comment

A balanced, fruity nose that is still somewhat reserved. In the mouth, delicate and dense with beautiful acidity and good length. Our 2011 is light and will drink well over the next five years but could also open up in the years beyond that.
We would recommend opening the wine and decanting prior to tasting.

Tasting notes

René Gabriel : 17 - Robert Parker : 91-93 - Bettane et Desseauve : 17.5 - La RVF : 17.5-18.5 - Jancis Robinson : 16.5 - Wine Spectactor : 89-92

Château Lafon Rochet Grand Cru Classé 1855

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Cabert Sauvigon : 66%
Merlot : 31%
Petit Verdot : 3%

Tasting comment

A wine with a charming nose that is fresh and even more intense than that of our 2010 vintage. We love its roundness and finesse. While maintaining all the classic characteristics of St Estèphe, there is a fine balance between alcohol, acidity and rich tannins. This vintage offers immense pleasure, with very good ageing potential.
We would recommend opening the wine and decanting prior to tasting.

Tasting notes

René Gabriel : 17 - Robert Parker : 91-93 - Bettane et Desseauve : 17.5 - La RVF : 17.5-18.5 - Decanter : 90 - Jancis Robinson : 16.5 - Wine Spectactor: 89-92

Château Lafon Rochet Grand Cru Classé 1855

Blending

Cabert Sauvigon : 67%
Merlot : 27%
Cabernet Franc : 1%
Petit Verdot : 5%

Tasting comment

A complex nose that reveals notes of red fruits and oak, despite being rather closed. There are also aromas of blackcurrant and blueberry. In the mouth, the combination of every element - tannins, oak, fruit and sweetness - is successful. This delightfully fullflavored wine displays a beautiful texture, with wellstructured, pleasant tannins.
We would recommend opening the wine and decanting prior to tasting.

Tasting notes

René Gabriel : 17 - Robert Parker : 89-90 - Bettane et Desseauve : 15.5 - La RVF : 15 - Decanter : 90 - Jancis Robinson :16.5 - Wine Spectactor: 85-88

Château Lafon Rochet Grand Cru Classé 1855

Blending

Cabert Sauvigon : 59%
Merlot : 31%
Cabernet Franc : 4%
Petit Verdot : 6%

Tasting comment

Our 2008 vintage possesses a complex and highly perfumed nose of red fruits, ripe vineyard peaches and spicy notes (black pepper and nutmeg). The structure is balanced and elegant throughout. The tannins are fine, with a finish that mirrors the initial fragrant fruit nose.
We would recommend opening the wine and decanting prior to tasting.

Tasting notes

René Gabriel : 16 - Robert Parker : 87-89 - Bettane et Desseauve : 16.5 - La RVF : 15.5-16.5 - Decanter : 90 - Jancis Robinson :16.5

Château Lafon Rochet Grand Cru Classé 1855

Blending

Cabert Sauvigon : 61%
Merlot : 31%
Cabernet Franc : 4%
Petit Verdot : 4%

Tasting comment

A balanced, fresh and precise nose. Notes of spices and white pepper in the mouth, with excellent length and velvety tannins that coat the palate. Overall, a surprising vintage, offering a wine that is generous and ready to be drunk and shared now.
We would recommend opening the wine and decanting prior to tasting.

Tasting notes

René Gabriel : 16 - Robert Parker : 90-93 - Jacques Dupont : 16 - Bettane et Desseauve : 16 - La RVF : 16-17 - Decanter : 90

Château Lafon Rochet Grand Cru Classé 1855

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Cabert Sauvigon : 40%
Merlot : 53%
Cabernet Franc : 5%
Petit Verdot : 2%

Tasting comment

Tasting the 2006 vintage, we find the nose pleasing, open, fruity, and oaky with notes of fresh pepper. The wine is pleasant and elegant in the mouth, with a subtle attack despite the boldness and power of the mid-palate and finish. The aromas are fruity, smoky and salty. This is a well-made and nicely structured wine.
We would recommend opening the wine and decanting prior to tasting.

Tasting notes

René Gabriel : 17 - Robert Parker : 89-90 - Jancis Robinson : 16.5 - Bettane et Desseauve : 15.5 - Wine Spectator : 85-88 - La RVF : 15

Château Lafon Rochet Grand Cru Classé 1855

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Cabert Sauvigon : 44%
Merlot : 49%
Cabernet Franc : 4%
Petit Verdot : 3%

Tasting comment

The nose of our 2005 is complex and fresh with notes of blackberry and spices (nutmeg and white pepper). Lafon-Rochet 2005 is just beginning to reveal its wonders almost 10 years after being bottled. In the mouth, excellent tannic structure leads to a long and elegant finish. A vintage that requires patience and should be drunk between 2020 and 2030.
We would recommend opening the wine and decanting prior to tasting.

Tasting notes

René Gabriel : 18 - Robert Parker : 91-93 - JM Quarin : 16.5 - Jacques Dupont : 16 - Jancis Robinson : 16 - Bettane et Desseauve : 17 - Wine Spectator : 89-91

Château Lafon Rochet Grand Cru Classé 1855

Blending

Cabert Sauvigon : 46%
Merlot : 51%
Cabernet Franc : 3%

Tasting comment

A highly aromatic nose with a pleasing touch of acidity, expressing above all our wonderful merlot. In the mouth the wine is balanced, with an excellent freshness and powerful tannins. The aromatic palette is built around notes of cedar, hazelnut and nutmeg.
The dense and powerful finish highlights the essential character of this wine, which is both fresh and tannic.

Tasting notes

René Gabriel : 16 - JM Quarin : 16.25 - Jacques Dupont : 16 - Jancis Robinson : 17 - Bettane et Desseauve : 16

Château Lafon Rochet Grand Cru Classé 1855

Blending

Cabert Sauvigon : 53%
Merlot : 45%
Cabernet Franc : 2%

Tasting comment

This was an exceptional year for St Estèphe which is reflected in this wine. The nose is of well-ripened red fruits, cherry liqueur and licorice. The wine is full-flavoured with very silky tannins that remain nevertheless powerful, and which bring a sensation of freshness and bite. These well-defined tannins result in a long, silky, round and fresh finish.
Despite the 2003 heatwave, the wine displays a pleasant freshness.
We would recommend opening the wine and decanting prior to tasting.

Tasting notes

René Gabriel : 18 - Robert Parker : 89-91 - Jacques Dupont :16 - Wine Spectator : 89-91 - Jancis Robinson : 17

Château Lafon Rochet Grand Cru Classé 1855

Blending

Cabert Sauvigon : 56.5%
Merlot : 40%
Cabernet Franc : 3.5%

Tasting comment

A complex nose with notes of nutmeg, cedar, spices and fresh wood. In the mouth, the wine is round with a wonderful texture, balanced structure and predominant mint and mocha notes. The finish is tight, a sign that the wine is still youthful and will be good to drink for years to come.
We would recommend opening the wine and decanting prior to tasting.

Tasting notes

Robert Parker : 87-89

Château Lafon Rochet Grand Cru Classé 1855

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Cabernet Sauvigon: 46%
Merlot : 50%
Cabernet Franc : 4%

Tasting comment

Our 2001 is a characterful wine with a nose of tobacco, spices and fresh mint. It offers a very elegant tannic structure and bite. Following in the footsteps of the 2000 vintage, our 2001 is an elegant and powerful wine with a long, pleasant finish.
It will benefit from a few more years in the cellar, to achieve its full potential.

Tasting notes

Robert Parker : 86-88

Château Lafon Rochet Grand Cru Classé 1855

Blending

Cabernet Sauvigon : 57%
Merlot : 40%
Cabernet Franc : 3%

Tasting comment

A particularly successful vintage that offers a complex nose which, although still quite restrained, has clear potential. In the mouth, the wine is superbly balanced, silky and warm, with a lingering, elegant finish. Both modern and classic, the 2000 vintage perfectly represents the essence of Lafon-Rochet.
Our most recent 2014 vintage displays similar features to the 2000.
We would recommend opening the wine and decanting prior to tasting.

Tasting notes

Robert Parker : 90-91

Château Lafon Rochet Grand Cru Classé 1855

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Cabernet Sauvigon: 36%
Merlot : 60%
Cabernet Franc :4%

Tasting comment

This wine has an intense, attractive and well-rounded first nose - similar to our 2009, 10 years its elder - with aromas of coffee and chocolate. The attack is agreeable and tannic with a balanced mid-palate offering notes of port, cherry liqueur and cognac.
A round mouth-feel displaying aromas of licorice and spices, with a long, warm finish.

Tasting notes

Robert Parker : 86-88 - Wine Spectator : 85-89

Château Lafon Rochet Grand Cru Classé 1855

Blending

Cabernet Sauvigon : 37.5%
Merlot : 61%
Cabernet Franc : 1.5%

Tasting comment

This wine has an intense colour with an expressive, rich nose with notes of woodland flora, autumn leaves and dried rose petals. The attack is fine and fresh, slightly sweet with velvety tannins. The wine is powerful, with an excellent structure and tightness in the mouth. The finish is soft, subtle and balanced.
This wine’s tannins keep us enthralled until the very end.
We would recommend opening the wine and decanting prior to tasting.

Tasting notes

Robert Parker : 86-88 - Wine Spectator : 85-89

Château Lafon Rochet Grand Cru Classé 1855

Blending

Cabernet Sauvigon: 52%
Merlot : 44.5%
Cabernet Franc :3.5%

Tasting comment

Our 1997 has been one of the most surprising to taste in 2015, displaying a complex and harmonious nose with notes of pics, piment d’Espelette and red pepper, lifted by light oak and warmth. The attack is supple and crescendo’s towards an agreeable finish.
A pleasurefilled wine that is drinking well now.

Tasting notes

Robert Parker : 90-91

Château Lafon Rochet Grand Cru Classé 1855

Blending

Cabernet Sauvigon: 40%
Merlot : 56%
Cabernet Franc :4%

Tasting comment

Lafon-Rochet 1996 presents a fresh, floral and saline bouquet. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied with a fine mid-palate and a long, agreable finish. Predominant aromas include freshly cut mint, while the tannins are still very much present and powerful. Twenty years on, this wine retains a very fine structure and freshness.
We would recommend opening the wine and decanting prior to tasting.

Tasting notes

Robert Parker : 90-91

Château Lafon Rochet Grand Cru Classé 1855

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Cabernet Sauvigon: 39%
Merlot : 61%
 

Tasting comment

An agreable and forthcoming nose offers notes of tobacco and fresh mint. Extremely well balanced, our 1995 has a wonderful attack and a real power to it. On the palate, the wine is round and still possesses freshness despite its age. It slowly but surely opens up, leading to a finish with remarkable finesse.
We would recommend opening the wine and decanting prior to tasting. .

Tasting notes

Robert Parker : 90-93

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