Lovely ripeness of dark fruit on the nose, savoury notes, very impressive. Plenty of depth on the palate, that’s very good, ripe yet fine, black, berry fruit notes, elegant tannins and acidity perfectly in balance. It finishes with those ripe tannins, ensuring it will age well. Very enjoyable, Lafon Rochet seems to be going from strength to strength.
Lafon-Rochet's wines were, for many years, criticised for being excessively tannic and austere and generally were considered to lack charm. In the last decade or so, improved viticultural techniques and a greater percentage of Merlot in the final blend has led to purer expressions of fruit and the wines being generally more supple and elegant. Lafon-Rochet needs at least 10 years of bottle ageing to show at its best.
4th Cru Classé Saint-Estephe, Chateau Lafon Rochet maximizes the value of the natural excellence of its soil by preparing its conversion to biodynamics, under the leadership of BasileTesseron, whose family owns here since 1960. The 45 hectares one piece are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Merlot (40%) and Cabernet franc, a severe croup with clay-limestone sub
Lafon-Rochet's vineyards (Cabernet Sauvignon 56%, Merlot 40%, Cabernet Franc 4%) lie on clay-gravel soils and are superbly sited in the south of the commune opposite Château Lafite. The wines are matured in oak barriques (40% new) for 18 months.
Château Lafon-Rochet is a 4ème Cru Classé St-Estèphe estate that has been owned by the Tesseron family since 1959. The property had been neglected and Guy Tesseron extensively replanted, as well as building a completely new château in "chartreuse" style. Today Lafon-Rochet is run by Albert and Michel Tesseron.