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  • By Chris Kissack
    August 2008, (See more on Winedoctor...) 16.5 points

    (Chateau Lafon-Rochet St Estèphe) From half bottles. Nice colour, and an interesting nose; a slightly burnt character, a little edge of green, but with some nice slightly toffee-toned fruit. Mature, slightly treacly character. Savoury blackcurrant fruit and black olives as well. It has a lovely full character, full and complete, with good substance. It has lots of grip, is dry but textured, and possesses a tannic and grippy finish. There is a little length too. This is good.
  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2003, (See more on Winedoctor...) 16.5+ points

    (Chateau Lafon-Rochet St Estèphe) From half-bottles. This wine demonstrated a little maturity in colour. Like the 1996 this wine displays some exotic black olive notes, with sweet black fruit, but with a more elegant air. The palate is rounded, very dry, with great structure in evidence. Although it has just a little less tannin than the 1996 (just), with a hard character typical of St Estèphe, this is balanced out by a sweet wealth of fruit. This youthful wine has a good length and potential.
  • By Chris Kissack
    August 2012, (See more on Winedoctor...) 16.5 points

    (Château Lafon-Rochet (St Estèphe)) From a half bottle. Still a really dark colour here. Aromatically, this has really come on in the last three years, as this has now come together to offer a rather robust but harmonious and perfumed nose. By robust I am referring to the rather solid sooty edge to the damson and blackcurrant fruit, but along with this there is an attractive violet-tinged perfume. It now feels dark or smoky rather than burnt, and I look upon the fruit as fresh rather than green. The palate starts off in a cool fashion, with a fresh, gritty, crunchy fruit freshness, tempered by a supple and full substance, and a delicious substance that runs into the finish where the tannins - they only really show here and not through the middle - give a little flesh and flourish to the wine. Complete and pleasing, with a sappy, just-ripe fruit character, which gives the wine some nice length. For the vintage an impressive wine and certainly good to drink. It is only really in terms of finesse or elegance that it comes up short.

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