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Chateau Lafon Rochet 2005

$180.00 per bottle

  • $171.00 per 12 bottle case 5% DISCOUNT

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Neil Martin (eRobertParker.com) ~ 92 Points

"A very dense, slightly broody nose with faint scents of blackberry, hedgerow and cedar. The palate is full-bodied and full of freshness and vitality, puissance but with a certain lightness of touch. Fine, filigree tannins, quite feminine with superb focus and nervosity. Great length: this is a 2005 with loads of promise with a firm “grippy” finish. It needs time but still an excellent, a Lafon-Rochet showing its real potential."

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2005 VINTAGE

90-93 A dark ruby/purple color and a bouquet of plums, black raspberries, licorice, roasted herbs, and incense are followed by a medium to full-bodied, rich, structured, backward wine that requires 6-10 years of bottle age. It should drink well for two decades. For some reason, Lafon Rochet remains under-priced for the quality of wines it is producing.
92 A very dense, slightly broody nose with faint scents of blackberry, hedgerow and cedar. The palate is full-bodied and full of freshness and vitality, puissance but with a certain lightness of touch. Fine, filigree tannins, quite feminine with superb focus and nervosity. Great length: this is a 2005 with loads of promise with a firm “grippy” finish. It needs time but still an excellent, a Lafon-Rochet showing its real potential.
90 Has notes of blackberry, with Indian spices and green tea. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins, a silky texture and a medium finish. Balanced and very refined. A beautiful young wine.
95
Perfumed, very elegant, good finesse. Really elegant, supple, refined and good concentration.
91
Good red-ruby. Very ripe aromas of musky currant , black raspberry, camphor and tobacco leaf. Round and plump for St. Estephe, with noteworthy volume and seamless texture; sweeter by far than the chateau's 2007 or 2006 samples but possesses harmonious framing acidity. Finishes with broad tannins that arrive late. A big success.

 

Name Château Lafon Rochet
Vintage 2005
Type Rouge/ Red
Appellation St Estèphe
Classification 4 ème cru classé - Fourth growth 
Grape Varieties 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc 
Format 750ml
Alcohol 13.5% 
Vineyard 45 Hectares  
Average Age of Vines 35+ years 
Production 12,000 cases
Soil Gravels and Clay
Winemaking  Manually harvested, crushed into vat for cold pre-fermentation maceration for 24-72 hrs. Alcoholic fermentation for 10 days, wine is seperated from Grape seeds and skin and run into barrels for malo0lactic fermentation which lasts from November to February with final blend made in March, then aged in oak till bottling.
Ageing 16 to 20 months in 50-60% new barrels 
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 Chateau Lafon Rochet dates back to the 16th century making it one of the oldest in the Médoc region. The origin of the “Rochet” name comes from the French word for rocks, which make up the gravelly soil in the vineyards. In 1650, Antoinette de Guillemotte, brought the land of ‘Rochette’ as her dowry to her husband, Pierre de Lafon, a Councillor in the Bordeaux Parliament and the Château became known as Lafon Rochet.
Now under the ownership of the Cognac family Tesseron their star is sure to rise. The Tesserons took Pontet Canet to a new level of excellence with biodynamic viticulture and attention to detail.
With over 98 acres of vine, château Lafon-Rochet is one of the great ambassadors of Saint-Estephe (4th in Classified Growths in 1855). Perfectly situated between Lafite-Rothschild and Cos d’Estounel, it is undertaking several bold changes. Superstar consultant Denis Dubourdieu has been drafted in to join Lucus Leclercq, the new technical director, previously at Cheval Blanc and Domaine Romanee Conti. Half of the vineyards are now being farmed bio-dynamically.

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