2018 Lafon-Rochet (St-Estephe)

64% Cabernet Sauvignon/26% Merlot/6% Petit Verdot/4% Cabernet Franc. Harvest dates Cabernet Sauvignon September 28-13 October, Merlot September 24 - 8 October, Cabernet Franc 1 October, Petit Verdot October 11-13. `Exactly the kind of wine I have always wanted to make,` Basile Tesseron told us, beaming with pride. There is no question that this is a brilliant wine. Blackberry, cassis and cocoa, smooth and intense, then a long, fresh finish. (NT 30/04/19)
St-Estephe, Medoc, Bordeaux FRANCE
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Cabernet Sauvignon
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94 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019
17 points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, April 2019 90-92+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com, April 2019
92-95 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019
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Media Reviews

Jane Anson

I presume Basile Tesseron is feeling pretty relieved that he decided not to continue with organics in February 2018, as the ability to be more flexible with treatments proved pretty important during the rest of the season. The result is very good, full of juice and life, with crunchy blackberry and cassis fruits that are up there in expression with the 2016. It has clear quality, but is also pretty austere, with good slate minerality and touches of hedgerow. It feels like a wine with good life ahead and something to say. 4% Cabernet Franc makes up the blend. Harvested 24 September to 11 October. 3.7pH. 94 points

Julia Harding

Deepest crimson core with wide purple rim. Unusual nose: wild black fruits, vibrant fruit. Intense too, a bit like a blackcurrant pastille. Really expressive on the nose. Chocolate flavour and texture on the palate, not as vibrant as I expected from the nose, perhaps just all curled up inside the oak. The freshness on the finish is lovely. And the finish very long. Very good. 17 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Lafon-Rochet is scented of cassis, blackberries, herbs and soil with tar and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is firm and grainy with herb sparks and an earthy finish. 90-92+ points

Antonio Galloni

A wine of lovely finesse the 2018 Lafon-Rochet offers a striking combination of fruit density and nuance, all in an understated style that is quite appealing. Dark cherry, sweet tobacco, menthol, dried flowers and mint all run through this silky, supple Saint-Estèphe. As always, Lafon-Rochet is one of the more laid back, elegant wines of the appellation. Even so, the 2018 has lovely mid-palate sweetness and silky tannins, both of which add to its considerable appeal. The blend is 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Yields were a healthy 50 hectoliters per hectare, higher than the average, which is closer to 42-45. Tasted three times. 92-95 points

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