2009 Lafon-Rochet (St-Estephe)

Sister chateau of Pontet-Canet (Guy Tesseron actually bought it first, in 1960), Lafon-Rochet is enviably located, with Lafite on one side and Cos d`Estournel on another. Now managed by Michel Tesseron, together with his son Basile, recent developments include a new cellar finished in 2000, and smaller fermentation tanks so that the various parcels can more easily be vinified separately. As at Pontet-Canet, environmental concerns are paramount, and viticulture is lutte raisonnee. 2009 looks set to be the best ever.
St-Estephe, Medoc, Bordeaux FRANCE
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drink or keep
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90 points, Robert Parker, WA, Feb 12 91-93* points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, April 2010
91-93 points, Neal Martin, erobertparker.com, April 2010
89 points, Jean-Marc Quarin, quarin.com, April 2010 17.5 points, Steven Spurrier, Decanter, April 2010

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Media Reviews

Robert Parker

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. Drink 2020-2035. 90 points

Robert Parker

Perhaps the finest Lafon Rochet ever made, the purity, freshness, and sweet, rich, blueberry and boysenberry fruit and hint of pen ink that are found in this opaque purple-colored wine are impressive. Massive in the mouth, with freshness, delineation, and sweet tannin, it is a major sleeper of the vintage that should last for 25+ years. (Tasted two times.) 91-93* points

Neal Martin

A sample taken on 23rd March tasted at the property. A blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% vin de presse, a pH of 3.65 and alcohol 13.5% with 50% matured in new oak. This has a tightly wound that unfurls nicely over 15 minutes, a nice minerality here, really exposed at the moment. Blackberry, a touch of raspberry, wild hedgerow, very pure and refined. The palate is medium-bodied, firm tannins, quite tight at the moment, very focused, gentle grip, and racy acidity towards the finish. Very Cabernet dominated finish, more structure than usual thanks to the higher percentage...

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