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Château Lafon-Rochet 2016

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

4th Classified Growth in 1855

$52.00
Bottle 0.75L
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Stored in air-conditioned cellar
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Data sheets
Grape varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon 67%
Cabernet Franc 6%
Petit Verdot 2%
Merlot 25
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 2016.

Robert Parker
93/100
James Suckling
94/100
Wine Spectator
93/100
Jancis Robinson
16.5/20
Vinous - A. Galloni
95/100

Description Château Lafon-Rochet 2016.

2016 was a very good wine year in Bordeaux. The spring was initially mild and sunny, and following a homogeneous flowering in June thanks to very good sunshine conditions, the summer was hot and dry. All this offered the vine perfect conditions to develop well. The beautiful months of September and October allowed for the perfect ripening of the berries, and the harvest took place in serene conditions.

Blend of the 2016 vintage: 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot.

The robe is a beautiful deep red color, almost purple, tinged with subtle and brilliant tiled reflections.

The nose offers a very expressive bouquet, with aromas of black fruits, blueberries and wild berries, toasted wood, pepper and undergrowth.

The attack is supple, the wine reveals a nice fleshy matter carried by ripe and elegant tannins. It stretches out for a long time, showing a controlled power and freshness, until a precise and tasty finish.

Food and wine pairing:

Château Lafon-Rochet 2016 will be a fine table companion with entrecote steak with Bordeaux sauce, filet mignon with Betty Bossi crust, filet of marcassin with beet butter and chanterelle mushrooms, or with all types of small game, such as jugged hare or wild rabbit.

To match with cheeses, taste it with Cantal, Edam, aged mimolette, morbier with truffles or Saint-Nectaire.

For desserts, it will be particularly delicious with a black forest cake, a chocolate mi-cuit or a tiramisu.

Ageing potential and tasting:

Château Lafon-Rochet 2016 has very nice aging potential, and will reach its peak between 2030 and 2035.

However, it is ready to be tasted now because it is a wine with a very good drinkability. To do so, open and decant the bottle in the serving room at room temperature 3 to 4 hours before tasting.

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

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