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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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