2016 Chateau Lafon Rochet, St Estephe

Chateau Lafon Rochet, St Estephe
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2016 Chateau Lafon Rochet, St Estephe, 2016 Chateau Lafon Rochet, St Estephe, Robert Parker rates 93 points

Chateau Lafon-Rochet 2016 is a wine that is both simple and complex, it expresses aromas of black fruits in the majority of vintages, there is really a fade and a particular expression of Saint-Estephe, a certain warmth and roundness while finesse from the Merlot grape variety.

Robert Parker rates 93 points
The 2016 Lafon Rochet is a blend of 25% Merlot, 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc cropped at 46 hectoliters per hectare and matured in 50% new oak. The harvest was between 1 October and 20 October. The alcohol is 13.6%, which is just a little higher here than say Cos d'Estournel or Montrose. It has a very succinct bouquet with blackberry, bilberry and light oyster shell aromas, classic in style, more reserved than I found the 2015 Lafon Rochet last year. The palate is medium-bodied with powerful tannin on the entry, a keen line of acidity (3.65 pH), fine symmetry with a pleasant rondeur on the finish sprinkled with black pepper and tobacco. This is a very fine Lafon Rochet from Basile Tesseron and his team.

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