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 Vintage1995 Label 1 of 144 
ProducerChâteau Lafon-Rochet (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Estèphe

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2005 and 2016 (based on 32 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Lafon Rochet on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.8 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 176 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by pepmi on 1/1/2016 & rated 89 points: Thew new year's resolution for most California producers of cabernet sauvignon ought to be to drink more Bordeaux. A wine like this '95 Lafon-Rochet sells for under $50 a bottle and has the longevity to last 2-3 decades in the bottle. Low alcohol, moderate tannins and plenty of balance and complexity to excite the snootiest of wine drinkers. These wines are elegant and made for food and conversation. Your senses will thank you for the pleasant engagement. Wines that numb are dumb!

This particular bottle shows the faintest hint of being corked but I am speaking to a shadow rather than a noticeable flaw. (834 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 11/8/2015 & rated 89 points: Second Sunday Group: Laurel Glen Sonoma Mountain Vertical 1986-1996 (Our house): Popped & poured. Smoky currant and tobacco fruit. Softened tannins with flavors of black fruit, cedar and plum. Medium finish. (929 views)
 Tasted by RandyAboutWine on 10/27/2015 & rated 90 points: Dark garnet turning ruby at the rim, medium body, charming legs that form suddenly a few seconds after swirling. Classy nose of white pepper, herbs de Provence, and earthy wet leather. Smooth in the mouth, very mid-palate concentration of licorice, berries and nicely balanced tannins. Surprisingly, this wine has a few more years of growth in front of it. Very good value. (1496 views)
 Tasted by WineAggregate on 9/7/2015 & rated 93 points: This is the best this wine has shown for me, and the key was decanting it 2.5 hours ahead. It's usually been thin and closed in the past, but this bottle was rich and aromatic, with plum and a hint of mint and spices. Fully saturated and developed. Incredible what a couple of hours of air did to this wine. (1910 views)
 Tasted by bigberrypicker on 8/21/2015 & rated 89 points: Fine perfume nose. Delicate and complex. On opening prunes and stewed fruits opened almost immediately. Later aromas revealed some barnyard. Chocolate and lamb.
Mouth is a rich and velvety. A little thinness on the palate but generous medium length. (1876 views)
 Tasted by m9vox on 7/3/2015 & rated 89 points: 2 hour decant. Showed silky and refined, but not profound. Seemed to open up and do better with the last of our lamb chops. It didn't seem "done" - at the same time, it's probably not getting better. Drink up. (1738 views)
 Tasted by DoubleMagnum on 6/6/2015 & rated 92 points: In a great stage. Lovely aromatics. Well made Bordeaux. (1859 views)
 Tasted by mhudes on 5/9/2015 & rated 91 points: Nice nose. After just 15 minutes of air, the wine was ready to go. Some truffle, cassis and black fruit with a bit of almond on the finish. (1602 views)
 Tasted by WineAggregate on 4/15/2015 & rated 89 points: This wine always seems a bit thin and metallic for a while before it gains momentum. Then it develops more roundness as it airs, with notes of leather and dark plum and spices which make it very pleasurable. (1538 views)
 Tasted by danstrings on 4/10/2015 & rated 87 points: Hmmm, no flaws per se, but maybe just still closed. Deep minerally earthiness, some dull dark fruit, reticent. Had better '95s lately. (1412 views)
 Tasted by wa2ofd on 4/9/2015 & rated 87 points: This wine was just ok...I've find a number of 95s to be frankly unprofound lacking character traits I've become accustomed to with Bordeaux...

Had 2x over a few days (1133 views)
 Tasted by NickBurwood on 3/15/2015 & rated 92 points: 2 bottles decanted for 2 hours together for Mother's Day dinner (main and cheese course).
By cheese course the best part of four hours had elapsed and this wine's fruit really blossomed out of the tarry dense - but fine - construct of earlier notes.
Easily earned the extra point(s) and will certainly decant remaining bottles for a full 3+ hours. For drinking over the next couple of years. (1267 views)
 Tasted by WineAggregate on 3/5/2015 & rated 90 points: This wine demands food: something fatty, like cheese or beef. Otherwise it is rather thin and uninspiring. Great balance, leather, spice, a bit of barnyard, restrained but nice rich dark stone fruit on the nose. (1160 views)
 Tasted by edjDelray on 1/18/2015 & rated 92 points: Drak after a 90 minute decant.....medium crimson with a lighter edge. A little green pepper on the nose and palate. Decent finish. Has years left to drink. Half guessed Bordeaux. The other half guessed US blend. (1349 views)
 Tasted by Greg 1985 on 1/9/2015 & rated 92 points: Opened and left for 2 hours in decanter, dark colour and very little bricking at the edge. The nose immediately jumps out and says keep swirling and it just keeps on giving as the wine slowly warmed up. On the palate the classic St Estephe fruit really gets to grip in the mouth, lots of dark fruit almost like fruit juice, sweet and very enjoyable, very very happy with this buy as we picked up a case very cheap at auction. I suspect this will have at least another 20 years life ahead of it and will keep getting better. Enjoy (1493 views)
 Tasted by bonedoc on 1/9/2015 & rated 91 points: Soft, smooth, some fruit barely hanging on, but lovely secondaries of cedar, oak, and a great nose. Last of futures I bought 18 yrs ago... first wine I ever bought!!! 92 (1426 views)
 Tasted by Chaz Bham on 12/24/2014 & rated 92 points: Robe violette opaque profonde sans brunissement. Cette bouteille est très bien conservée apparaissant plus jeune que l'âge. Nez réticent, seulement un peu vieux bois. En bouche, fruits noirs bien équilibré, riche et luxuriante. Un mélange agréable de tabac, de réglisse et de sous-bois. (1393 views)
 Tasted by Kevin H on 12/7/2014 & rated 90 points: Perhaps just starting to come ground. Has a bit of a green streak but more glossy red fruits than before. Solid claret. If you want rel secondary characteristics then this needs another decade. (1538 views)
 Tasted by NickBurwood on 11/23/2014 & rated 90 points: "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" or in the case of this particular bottle charred oak in the evening.
2 hour decant - and much as earlier notes but with a distinctly pronounced tarry oak character. A bit love or hate and I'm on the love side. Holding up well. (1364 views)
 Tasted by Dj6544 on 11/10/2014 & rated 94 points: As before. This is dark crimson with some bricking. A lively nose of menthol, meat and still some classic medoc red fruit. Soft entry, juicy fruit, elegant but firm acidity, dusty tannin and a long tapenade finish. This was clearly a brute in its youth and although it has mellowed wonderfully it has plenty left in the tank for another decade. I have had many tough, young and tense clarets that I hoped would end up like this. Effortless drinking. 94 (1377 views)
 Tasted by ELH on 9/6/2014 & rated 90 points: Mature, restrained, dignified, like your favorite elderly uncle who is just starting to lose a step. Twenty years in, still a deep purple in the glass, tannins (very gentle) in evidence, just enough to make the wine stand up. Overall a soft, quiet wine. Decanted briefly (15 minutes) in the glass. (1895 views)
 Tasted by Dj6544 on 8/25/2014 & rated 92 points: Full bodied, rich and laden with lovely dense aromas of bresaola, this seems to have stuffing to go further still. Dry on the palate but satisfying. Great claret. (1822 views)
 Tasted by DoubleMagnum on 8/9/2014 & rated 90 points: Dark garnet red with a ruby red rim. And surprisingly for an almost twenty year old, no bricking. Full bodied, dense with a good amount of extract. Still lively with dark fruits and some savory herbal notes which went great with a grilled baby lamb rack. It is supple in mid-palate but with enough dust at the end to rid your buds of that lamb fat. This was a great match.

PAIRING: Grilled baby lamb rack. A+ (1817 views)
 Tasted by WineAggregate on 7/31/2014 & rated 91 points: I thought very nice, with some barnyard and saddle leather and dark fruit. Not overly complex, but delicious with pork chop I had. Should have a few more years of life. (1749 views)
 Tasted by meqoubal36 on 5/23/2014 & rated 92 points: Excellent. L'un des meilleurs saint-estèphe... et très caractéristique. Gras, corsé, épicé, soyeux, long, présent, ample, bonnes acidité et mâche, tannins encore très présents, non complètement fondus, a beaucoup de temps devant lui... Mûre, graphite, clou de girofle, réglisse, cuir, plumes, sarments de vigne, un peu de moka. Beaucoup de finesse et d'élégance... 92-93 (2167 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (2/17/2011)
(Ch Lafon-Rochet St-Estèphe Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/25/2005)
(Ch Lafon-Rochet St-Estèphe Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 1998, IWC Issue #78
(Chateau Lafon Rochet Saint Estephe) Subscribe to see review text.
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, October 2003
(Chateau Lafon-Rochet St Estèphe) From half-bottles. The most mature colour of the four wines tasted gives some clue as to the age. The nose is classic although quite dense. It starts off with a touch of sweet fruits and some notes of oak, but opens out to reveal vegetal notes of arriving maturity. On the palate it is rounded, a touch grippy, with a little unresolved tannin, although overall it has a loose, open-knit feel to it. Low to moderate acidity. At present seems poorly integrated and awkward, muddy is a description that comes to mind, like some other 1995s I have tasted recently.  16+ points
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Château Lafon-Rochet

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Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.

St. Estèphe

Read more about St. Estephe and its wines Whereas the first activity recorded in Saint-Estèphe goes back as far as the Middle Bronze Age, the first vines date from the Roman Occupation. But it was the Bordeaux merchants who by aging and selling Saint-Estèphe wines themselves were largely responsible for this appellation's fame. And in the nineteenth century, noted for its prosperity, the great estates of today were created. The movement continues today with the merging of small estates.

A land of great wines, Saint-Estèphe is situated almost in the centre of the Médoc, close to the Gironde Estuary. The appellation is equidistant from Bordeaux and the Pointe de Grave.
The beds of soil are characterized by their remarkable diversity, the result of their undulating relief and excellent drainage. Quartz and well-rounded pebbles mingled with light, sandy surface soil are found everywhere, giving the wines a distinctive finesse. And the subsoil is made up of the famous Saint-Estèphe limestone, which outcrops on the west of the commune.

Thanks to ideal conditions of climate and geology, Saint-Estèphe wines are characterized by their sturdy qualities and robust constitution. Accordingly, they can be laid down for a very long time while yet preserving their youth and freshness. Distinguished by a subsoil which is more clayey than that in the other communal appellations which lie by the river, the wine here attains a distinctive individuality : a very rich tannic structure, a fine deep red colour and an exceptional backbone with aromas of great finesse.

Production conditions (Decree dated September 11, 1936):

In order to have the right to the Saint-Estèphe appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:
- come from the communes of Saint-Estèphe, "excluding any parcels in that area which are situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions : grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).

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