Much like the last one, a decent bottle with good notes of cherry and blackcurrant, but lacking in depth and persistence. Just doesn't quite have that wow factor and I can't see how it could acquire it in the future, but it will provide good, solid drinking for several more years, probably at its best in another two.
Needs to be decanted to settle down and blow off some green characters. With time some richer, secondary flavours emerge- not expansive but still adding some necessary depth to the wine. Enjoyable in the context of the specific winery/location but still somewhat of an underperformer in the 'big league' of Paulliac producers.
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(Chateau Lafon Rochet St Estèphe) Youthful and spicy fruit, with toasted oak, with little smoky and minerally elements. Supple start on the palate, gentle, moderate weight although it does have a little fat in the midpalate, and nice texture and grip too. Rather firmly structured, but overall a good character, nice flesh and spicy fruit finish. Good.
(Château Lafon-Rochet) Dark garnet red color; murky, vegetal and possibly TCA tainted nose; tart cherry palate with coffee edges and little depth; short-medium finish (a 2nd bottle was a little better, 85+ pts, but still tight) (55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc)
(Chateau Lafon-Rochet St Estèphe) Rather reserved on the nose, but there are faint echoes of black fruits backed by a little oak; this is just rather closed down today. Rather a middleweight on the palate, very well put together, a balanced tannic structure, nicely covered in a well textured layer of fruit. Grippy finish with notes of blackberries. This is good.
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