Bordeaux Tasting, wine #5
Château Lafon-Rochet Saint-Estèphe Bordeaux 1995
Château Lafon-Rochet is located on the western shores of the Gironde estuary in Saint-Estѐphe, the northernmost appellation of the Médoc and has been producing fine wines since at least the 1720’s. The estate consists of 45 hectares with more than 90 vineyard plots and has been owned since 1960 by the Tesseron family [also the owners of Pontet-Canet in Pauillac]. With a motto of “the vine is king”, today Michel Tesseron and his son Basile are returning to time-honoured, ancestral methods by steering the estate towards organic and biodynamic viticulture. They have eliminated chemicals, only apply organic sprays, and prune “intelligently so as to produce less wine, but better wine”. The Château is one of only ten Château that is classified as Grand Cru Classé, 4th Growth.
Ruby red with garnet-brown around the rim, intricate and earthy aromas of stone minerals, black olive, balsamic and fresh earth radiated from the glass. Dried cherry, raisin and leather elements were supported by dry, grainy tannins in the medium body. Plush raisin and spicy oak joined gamey, meaty elements and were embraced by rich smoky notes in the lengthy finish. Rustic, svelte and expressive, this is a sensational glass that conveys its gallant sense of place with each sip.
Winemaker’s blend of Merlot, Petit Verdot
Mis en Bouteille au Château [Estate Bottled]
$80 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2018
*Rated 93 points by Wine Spectator
Rated 89 points by the Wine Advocate