Decanted for an hour and drank together with exquisite "French cuisine". The colour is deep purple and promising. The nose too weak, however. Elegant but not long lasting taste with some mushroom and a twist of barnyard, but most of all dominated by floral and sweet notes. In a blind tasting I would have guessed a Margaux rather than a St. Estephe. All in all this was a slight disappointment - not a bad wine, but for the appellation and the chateau it is an underachiever without - in my judgement - sufficient potential to age beautifully. I hope time proves me wrong, though. 86-87 P.
The firm tannins soften with 2 hours air, opening to a nose of tobacco, earth, blackberry and crushed rocks. One the palate, blackberries and cassis are aided by crisp freshness in the finish. The past few years of bottle age have added a lot to the wine.
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(Chateau Lafon-Rochet (St Estèphe)) Some appealing fresh fruit on the nose here. It has a crunchy depth and a smoky undertow that I find very attractive, giving it an unfussy, fresh and open and well defined nature. The palate has some gently creamy fruit with a subtle underpinning of lightly peppery tannins and rather soft acidity, but in the finish it rounds up showing a much more eye-catching substance and flavour. A more composed showing than at en primeur; there is promise here.
(Chateau Lafon-Rochet St Estèphe) A meaty and rather farmyardy nose here, with a little vegetal edge. Fairly big and structured on the palate, with good texture. The fruit character mirrors that presented on the nose. Not a strong effort here.
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