Ready to drink after 30 mins in decanter. Lacks a bit of density, but very enjoyable with smooth tannins and dark fruit, toast and green pepper aromas and flavours. A bit of the St Estephe earthiness on the finish.
Fruit came across with more red components than I recall from previous bottle, nose and plate are quite fresh with red cherry, tar, earth and spices, finish is still ambit short and there was allot of sediment in the bottle
decanted for about 2 hours, notes of dark fruit, tar, crushed rock a touch austere with some stem issues on the finish (though this did appear dissipate after time in the glass) medium body and quickish finish
Ruby with garnet rim. Meaty on the nose with tar, minerality, black fruit and nutmeg. Classic on palate needing ageing to integrate refreshing acidity and robust fine-grained tannins. Lacks great concebtration and length.
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(Château Lafon-Rochet (St Estèphe)) I only tasted this at the château a week ago. It seems to be showing the same style here; a confident nose, with defined fruit, fresh and bright but with a solid feel to it that is perhaps not that common in this vintage. The palate follows on in the same vein, solid and with a light grip, but with fairly good definition around the fruit, light in terms of concentration, and with a bright acidity at the core of the wine. Somewhat soft and short in the finish. But aromatically it has appeal.
(Chateau Lafon-Rochet St Estèphe) Not very expressive on the nose here, hot fruit and gravel presented in a very subtle, distant style. A hard structure, no generosity here, ungiving and quite lean in terms of fruit. A touch of bitterness through the midpalate too. Not a great success.
(Chateau Lafon-Rochet St Estèphe) This has an unusual character on the nose, nutty and gamey. There is some spiced, rather plummy fruit, but no flesh or flattery through the midpalate, This is very firm, overtly St Estèphe in style, and shows a very bare, hard structure through the midpalate. Hard, aggressive grip, and a sweet and gritty finish. A difficult wine.
(Château Lafon Rochet (St Estèphe)) From a half bottle. Basile's first vintage in charge. Quite attractive, bright concentrated character. Quite perfumed although with the solid density of fruit behind that comes with the commune. Surprising for the vintage though. A light, supple character on the palate, quite firm, not so much flesh here. The acidity is firm as is the tannin. Clean fruit and no greenness, more a polished red character. Firm, acidic, lightly tannic, not quite approachable, but getting there. And a firm, tannic finish. Tasted with Basile at Lafon-Rochet.
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