1985 Château Lafon-Rochet

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Estèphe
Drink between 1995 - 2014 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 9

  • vinhonotte Likes this wine: 90 points

    June 19, 2019 - Had already felt that something was wrong when I discovered a bit of wine having leaked out when bringing home from the merchant, so decided to check on it. To my horror, i found that the cork had completely sunk into the wine! So came a series of decanting etc, hoping to “rescue” as much of the liquid still in the bottle. Fortunately managed to do it, and cleared off most of the sediments - the sample I got tasted pretty fine, albeit very well aged.
    Color of deep garnet, and a highly complex nose telling of secondary ans tertiary development, what with coffee grounds, chocolate, cigarbox, moss, mushrooms, and a bit meaty. Feels well-rounded on the palate, with tannins mostly resolved, but still a good flavor punch from blackberry and sour cherry, as well as coffee, nutmeg, paprika, and somewhat like a meat and mushroom sauce. The alcohol heat was high though, and a bit distracting. The finish was long, mostly of the moss and dried meats

  • meqoubal36 Likes this wine: 92 points

    May 19, 2014 - Bouteille meilleure encore que la précédente. Excellent, long, et très présent, gras et concentré, herbes amères, café, chocolat, clou de girofle, algues, minéralité, pureté, bonne mâche et acidité parfaite, tannins fondus, mûre et cassis débordant... à son sommet.

  • meqoubal36 Likes this wine: 91 points

    April 13, 2014 - Vraiment un château très plaisant... Après les 98 et 2000 que j'ai trouvé excellents, celui-ci rejoint les deux autres : excellent aussi !
    Très beau rubis nuancé de cerise et d'un soupçon d'ocre orange... très minéral, fumé, un peu corsé, épices et herbes amères, algues, menthe, pointe de cherry et de cerise, mûre, tabac (cigare), se tâte bien, bonne mâche, longueur en bouche. Excellent.

  • Nutty08 wrote: 82 points

    April 5, 2013 - Winebid bottle. Yop shoulder fill. Saturate cork that fell in. Brown wine, some pepper on the nose and palate but otherwise rather old and tired, probably oxidize. I waxed and waned about whether this was past prime or a poor oxidized bottle and just decided it wasn't enjoyable and opened something else. 78, likely flawed.
    After a few hours in a decanter I decided this wasn't flawed, just old. Minty, tired, lacking fruit, but gained some substance.

  • Andice wrote: 79 points

    February 4, 2012 - Still a youthful deep garnet in color, not much aging evident. But age is definitely showing on the nose and palate. Subdued dark berries w tobacco. A rather tired wine only managing some interesting mint and roundness at the end. Fruit is all but gone. Mid-bodied, rather elegant thou. Acidic and short finish. Over the hill.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1985
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Lafon-Rochet
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation St. Estèphe

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  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 47 (71%)
  • Consumed 19 (29%)

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