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Château Lafon-Rochet 2014

Bordeaux - Saint-Estèphe - 4ème Grand Cru Classé - Château Lafon-Rochet

4th Classified Growth in 1855

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Stored in air-conditioned cellar
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Data sheets
Grape varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon 66%
Petit Verdot 4%
Cabernet Franc 4%
Merlot 22
Château Lafon-Rochet

Château Lafon-Rochet

It's impossible to miss the yellow color of Château Lafon-Rochet, which borders the Saint-Estèphe appellation. This vineyard first saw the light of day in the 17th century, and it was Etienne de Lafon, Councillor to the Parliament of Bordeaux, who gave it its name.

He in fact received it by marriage to Antoinette de Guillemotes, then owner of Domaine de Rochet. The Lafon family retained Lafon-Rochet for more than two centuries, even after the French Revolution.

The Château Lafon-Rochet was named Fourth Grand Cru Classé in 1855 during the famous classification of Bordeaux wines for the Paris Universal Exhibition.

It belonged to the Tesseron family for 60 years, Basile Tersseron being the third and last generation. At the end of 2021, Domaine will pass into the hands of Jacky Lorenzetti, founder of the Foncia group.

The vineyard, located on deep, dry gravel and clay soils, now covers 39 hectares of vines, planted with 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet franc. The wines are aged for 15 months in oak barrels, 45% of which are new. 

A Second wine is produced by the estate, Les Pèlerins de Lafon-Rochet.

The wines of Château Lafon-Rochet are a benchmark of the Grands Vins de Saint-Estèphe, silky, ample and elegantly constructed.

Critics Château Lafon-Rochet 2014.

Robert Parker
90/100
James Suckling
93/100
Wine Spectator
90/100
Jancis Robinson
17/20
Vinous - A. Galloni
92/100

Description Château Lafon-Rochet 2014.

2014 was a beautiful wine year in Bordeaux, marked by contrasting weather conditions. The flowering of the vines was homogeneous thanks to a sunny spring, then the summer alternated between a beautiful July and a cooler August. September and October were very nice and had warm and sunny days, offering berries of a very good quality.

Blend of the 2014 vintage: 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot.

The robe is a pronounced dark red, adorned with subtle tiled garnet reflections.

The nose combines finesse and freshness, with expressive notes of black fruits, wild berries and menthol, supported by cardamom and toasted vanilla.

The attack is supple, revealing a fleshy and complex body supported by a nice acidity and ripe tannins. Tasty notes of ripe fruit, coffee and pepper are harmoniously blended, which continue to a creamy, long and beautifully fine finish.

Food and wine pairing:

Château Lafon Rochet 2014 can accompany a pork filet mignon with port, roast beef with morel sauce, boar leg confit, duck breast with pepper or even a slab of doe with a mushroom crumble.

For a pairing with cheese, choose uncooked pressed cheeses: Edam, Gouda, Saint-nectaire, morbier, Tomme de Savoie or Salers.

For dessert, enjoy it with a coffee tart, a tiramisu or a three chocolate dessert.

Cellaring potential and tasting:

Château Lafon Rochet 2014 would deserve to wait another 5 years in the cellar, in order to improve and refine its potential.

However, it is quite ready to be enjoyed now. To do so, take care to place the bottle the night before in the serving room at room temperature. Open it and decant it ideally 3 to 4 hours before tasting.

The bottles should be kept in the cellar, protected from light, lying down, at an optimal hygrometric degree of 70%.

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