Château Lafon-Rochet: £340 IB per dozenTuesday, June 16
In Saint-Estèphe, Lafon-Rochet, headed by Alfred Tesseron's nephew Basile Tesseron, is a fast-improving property. We have enjoyed vintages from this estate over the last decade or more, but Tesseron appears to be finding additional elegance and finesse. Martin describes the 2019 as "imbued with a sense of nobility and classicism that I much admire" (93-95 points).
Already excellent value in any recent vintage, at £340 per dozen the 2019 is down 11.8% on the 2018 release price.
2019 Château Lafon-Rochet, St-Estèphe Cru Classé
"Spiced pepper and cinnamon on the first nose, good concentration, pencil lead and slate abound in this alongside cassis bud and touches of brambled hedgerow, all of which suggests fresh acidities and good backbone. Some chewy tannins also, this is a serious Lafon that will age well. Less immediately seductive than the 2018. Tasted twice two weeks apart. Drinking Window 2026 - 2042. 93 points." Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
"The 2019 Lafon-Rochet, which was picked from 25 September to 5 October, requires a little coaxing from the glass, eventually unfurling with blackberry, bilberry, violet and light crushed stone/clayey scents that is quintessential Saint-Estèphe. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-boned tannins, fresh and saline in the mouth, old school in the best sense of that expression. No, it is not the most flamboyant Lafon-Rochet, but it is imbued with a sense of nobility and classicism that I much admire. Tasted three times with consistent notes. 93-95 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
"A wine I don't get to taste as often as I'd like, the 2019 Château Lafon-Rochet is based on 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc from deep, gravelly soils in Saint-Estèphe. Deep purple-hued, with a great bouquet of ripe black and blue fruits intermixed with classic cedar pencil and tobacco, it's medium to full-bodied, has a balanced, elegant texture, silky tannins, and a great finish. It shows more floral and chocolaty notes with time in the glass and its purity of fruit is straight-up top notch. As with most 2019s, it's going to have plenty of upfront appeal yet should age effortlessly as well. 94-96 points." Jeb Dunnuck, Jun 2020
£340 IB per dozen bottles
Basile Tesseron of Lafon-Rochet presents the 2019 vintage:
Offered en primeur, ex-chateau, due to land in the UK in Spring 2022. Priced in bond, excluding UK duty, VAT and onward delivery, payable at the prevailing rate on release from bond. Stock subject to availability, E&OE.