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2019 Château Lafon-Rochet, St-Estèphe

In Saint-EstèpheLafon-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.  

 

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Château Lafon-Rochet

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Château Lafon-Rochet

Château Lafon-Rochet is a Quatrièmes Cru Classé in St-Estèphe, owned by the Tesseron family, who made their fortune in Cognac and who also own Pontet-Canet.  The estate was founded in 1650, when Antoinette de Guillemotte brought the land of Rochette as her dowry to her husband, Pierre de Lafon.   When the Tesserons bought the estate in 1959 it was badly run-down, with just 17 hectares of vines. 

Production was modernised under Michel Tesseron from 2000 (he also painted the château in its distinctive Mediterranean yellow).  Today the estate has 45 ha of vines and is run on organic and biodynamic lines by Michel's son, Basile Tesseron.  He is also making ground-breaking efforts to re-wild the estate, planting trees and shrubs and encouraging biodiversity.

Below is a charming animation that illustrates the superb location and terroirs at Lafon-Rochet:

RED 2019 Château Lafon Rochet 75cl £340 per case of 12 Château Lafon Rochet
2019 / / 75cl
£340 per case of 12
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Tasting Notes"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

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