CHÂTEAU LAFON ROCHET 2016 - Saint-Estèphe Grand Cru Classé, Bordeaux - France

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BO88-16
Vintage: 2016
"Now producing impressive wines, this estate has made a firm, rich wine in this vintage. Its tannins are very present, but they have a velvet edge that is immediately attractive. Not that the wine won't age: its structure and good acidity will see to that. Drink from 2025." Roger Voss
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Country FRANCE Region Bordeaux Grape Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon: 57%, Merlot: 36%, Cabernet Franc: 3%, Petit Verdot: 4%

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"Now producing impressive wines, this estate has made a firm, rich wine in this vintage. Its tannins are very present, but they have a velvet edge that is immediately attractive. Not that the wine won't age: its structure and good acidity will see to that. Drink from 2025." Roger Voss

Accolades

Awards

Wine Spectator 93 Points

American wine lifestyle magazine and one of the top 3 in the USA, it offers wine ratings, interviews and wine news articles. Past wine critics include James Suckling.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate 91 Points

Probably the most famous and influential wine critic and journalist in the world, Robert Parker founded the famous American magazine, The Wine Advocate and made his 100-point system a benchmark for the entire industry.

James Suckling 94 Points

As one of the most famous American wine critics and journalists, James Suckling is among the leading experts on wines and was a former editor for Wine Spectator. He now conducts his own personal reviews online and conferences

Critique Review

An explosion of all manner of black berries with discreet, toasty and smoky oak, makes this a joyful St.-Estèphe. Then the great balance of ripeness, lively acidity and velvety tannins come together beautifully at the elegant finish to make this the best wine from this producer in modern times. Needs two or three years to soften. Try in 2022.

94 pts, James Suckling

 

The 2016 Lafon-Rochet has a very engaging bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit laced with pencil shavings and loamy scents. In fact, the more you nose this wine, the more its complexity becomes apparent. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and a fine line of acidity, ripe and generous yet maintaining outstanding tension and revealing a judicious touch of peppercorns on the finish, which fans out gloriously. This is a fabulous Lafon-Rochet and certainly the best bottle of 2016 that I have encountered. Tasted blind at the Southwold tasting.

95 pts, Vinous Media

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Product Type Red Wine
Grape Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon: 57%, Merlot: 36%, Cabernet Franc: 3%, Petit Verdot: 4%
Vintage 2016
Region Bordeaux
Country FRANCE
Volume(ml) 750
Winemakers Michel Tesseron
Producer Michel Tesseron
Average age of vines 30 YEARS
Harvest method By hand in small crates. Harvest period from 29th Sep - 20th Oct
Fermentation & maceration 14 – 16 months in new barrels (50%) 50% Stainless steel vats 50% concrete vats
Aging Yes
Alcohol 13.5%
Mouth Attribute Elegant, Fruity, Tannic
Nose Attribute Dark Fruit, Mineral
SKU BO88-16

Vineyard Info

Family property located in AOC Saint-Estèphe. Estèphe dates back to the middle of the 17th century. The estate was founded In 1650, when Antoinette de Guillemotte presented the Rochette estate as her dowry to her husband, Pierre de Lafon.

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"Now producing impressive wines, this estate has made a firm, rich wine in this vintage. Its tannins are very present, but they have a velvet edge that is immediately attractive. Not that the wine won't age: its structure and good acidity will see to that. Drink from 2025." Roger Voss

Awards

Wine Spectator 93 Points

American wine lifestyle magazine and one of the top 3 in the USA, it offers wine ratings, interviews and wine news articles. Past wine critics include James Suckling.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate 91 Points

Probably the most famous and influential wine critic and journalist in the world, Robert Parker founded the famous American magazine, The Wine Advocate and made his 100-point system a benchmark for the entire industry.

James Suckling 94 Points

As one of the most famous American wine critics and journalists, James Suckling is among the leading experts on wines and was a former editor for Wine Spectator. He now conducts his own personal reviews online and conferences

Critique Review

An explosion of all manner of black berries with discreet, toasty and smoky oak, makes this a joyful St.-Estèphe. Then the great balance of ripeness, lively acidity and velvety tannins come together beautifully at the elegant finish to make this the best wine from this producer in modern times. Needs two or three years to soften. Try in 2022.

94 pts, James Suckling

 

The 2016 Lafon-Rochet has a very engaging bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit laced with pencil shavings and loamy scents. In fact, the more you nose this wine, the more its complexity becomes apparent. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and a fine line of acidity, ripe and generous yet maintaining outstanding tension and revealing a judicious touch of peppercorns on the finish, which fans out gloriously. This is a fabulous Lafon-Rochet and certainly the best bottle of 2016 that I have encountered. Tasted blind at the Southwold tasting.

95 pts, Vinous Media
More Information
Product Type Red Wine
Grape Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon: 57%, Merlot: 36%, Cabernet Franc: 3%, Petit Verdot: 4%
Vintage 2016
Region Bordeaux
Country FRANCE
Volume(ml) 750
Winemakers Michel Tesseron
Producer Michel Tesseron
Average age of vines 30 YEARS
Harvest method By hand in small crates. Harvest period from 29th Sep - 20th Oct
Fermentation & maceration 14 – 16 months in new barrels (50%) 50% Stainless steel vats 50% concrete vats
Aging Yes
Alcohol 13.5%
Mouth Attribute Elegant, Fruity, Tannic
Nose Attribute Dark Fruit, Mineral
SKU BO88-16

Family property located in AOC Saint-Estèphe. Estèphe dates back to the middle of the 17th century. The estate was founded In 1650, when Antoinette de Guillemotte presented the Rochette estate as her dowry to her husband, Pierre de Lafon.

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