Lafon-Rochet Saint-Estèphe 2016 Bottle size: 750ml

France, Bordeaux
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'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. Drink 2021-2040.' – Neal Martin, Vinous, 95/100 (Aug 2020)

'A sleeper in this vintage, the 2016 Lafon-Rochet is positively stellar. Bright, translucent and super-expressive, the 2016 has so much to offer. Lavender, tobacco, cedar, mint and dried herbs give the 2016 striking aromatic top notes to play off the darker fruit flavors. The 2016 is pure class. Don't miss it.' – Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 95/100

'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, Wine Enthusiast, 94/100

'This is vivid, with a mix of steeped red and black currant coulis flavors streaming through, while ample savory, bay leaf, tobacco and warm stone notes course underneath. The elements meld wonderfully on the finish, revealing a tug of savory and earth at the very end. Best from 2023 through 2033.' – James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, 93/100

'Tasted blind. Firm and minerally with lots of ripe, correct fruit in the middle. Very St-Estèphe. Dry finish but not drying tannins. Whizzy and lively and pure pleasure for fans of this commune.' – Jancis Robinson,, 17.5/20
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Condition New
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Bordeaux Blend
Rating NM 95
Producer information The family-owned estate, located in Saint-Estèphe, got its name in the 17th century when Antoinette de Guillemotte became the owner of Domaine Rochet. She married Etienne de Lafon and they renamed the estate to Château Lafon-Rochet. Since 2007, the property was passed on to Basile Tesseron from his father, Michel Tesseron. The property has 41 hectares of vines planted mostly with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
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