Chateau Lafon Rochet 2009
|Producent||Chateau Lafon Rochet|
|Streek||Bordeaux, St. Estephe|
|Bordeaux Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot|
|Conditie||From Original Wooden Case|
This wine seems to be one of the few that has not yet recovered from bottling. In a somewhat monolithic, latched-down style, it has plenty of stuffing, lots of structure and an impressive dark ruby/purple color, but it is very hard to coax from the glass. It is a rather classic St.-Estephe made by the Tesseron family, with its distinctive blood orange label, but this wine seems to beg for another 5-7 years of bottle age. The final blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc has some impressive fruit, but the wine just seems slightly more clipped and narrow than I remember it from barrel. Hopefully, time will mellow out this impression.
Winespectator / James Suckling (91)
Juicy and very lively, with lots of briar, currant, cherry, toasty spice and anise notes all framed by bright floral and iron hints. The long finish has excellent cut and drive.
Rene Gabriel rates this wine 18/20 points.