A fresh and beautifully structured red wine from Saint-Estèphe
A 4th Classified Growth produced in the Saint-Estèphe appellation, Château Lafon-Rochet enjoys a terroir composed of deep gravel and gravel on clay. The wine is aged in French oak barrels (50% of which are new) for 14 to 16 months, depending on the year. The blend of the 1996 vintage contains 56% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc.
The Château Lafon-Rochet 1996 develops a bouquet combining flowers, freshness and salinity. Full-bodied on the palate, the wine offers a pleasant finish of an incredible length. One can note tasty touches of freshly cut mint and tannins which are still very powerful. This wine is still fresh and well-structured. To be consumed now or before 2020 (tasted by the estate in 2015).
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 1996 Lafon-Rochet is a wine that I had not tasted for nearly one decade. It was always a modest 1996 Saint Estèphe. The nose is pleasant with blackberry and briary aromas, cedar and sandalwood, but perhaps what is missing vigor. You almost end up giving it a kick up the rear to offer more intensity. The palate is well balanced and delivers a pleasant fleshy mouthfeel. It feels saline in the mouth with a generous pinch of black pepper towards the finish. This is drinking beautifully now and if your expectations and not lofty, you will enjoy this Lafon-Rochet that is à point. Tasted July 2016.
|Grape varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot|
|Producer/Bottled by||CHATEAU LAFON ROCHET 33180 ST ESTEPHE FRANCE|
|Classification||4e cru classe|
- R. Gabriel : 17
- J. Robinson : 17,5
- Vineyard : Medoc
- Wine Spectator : 90
- Country : France
- Grape varieties : Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot