Red

2003 Château Lafon-Rochet

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Estèphe
Drink between 2011 - 2021 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 182

  • Xavier Auerbach wrote:

    April 17, 2021 - Tenth bottle from a full case purchased in 2005. Pristine, perfect level, perfect cork. Decanted for two hours. I don't decant as often as I used to, but this felt a bit thin on opening and I thought it might flesh out a bit with some oxygen. It didn't. Aromatically it is perfectly alright on the nose, but on the palate and on the finish it remains thin and a bit raw. It's not TCA (not even low-level I would have thought), but the lack of generosity is quite marked and inconsistent with previous notes. I will put it down to the bottle variation which cbuhlman recently noted too. Not rated.

  • cbuhlman wrote:

    March 14, 2021 - flash decant
    heavy sediment.
    Soft and sweet dark fruits with smoke and cigar box. Savory low toned style, far from "racy" with a lingering medium weight finish.
    These bottles seem to have some variation from one to the next, but all good nonetheless
    historically, I put this wine in a wide range of 88-92

  • winebargainchaser Likes this wine: 92 points

    February 1, 2021 - Contrary to my expectations in 2017, the wine held well (or better bottle now ?) : delicious and fine !
    It‘s a classic northern medoc at its best and will accompany all dark meats with maximum effect.
    I can‘t imagine this one to get any better yet. But maybe stays a couple of years on this level ?

  • DoubleMagnum Likes this wine: 93 points

    January 14, 2021 - Well, I was spot on, on the five year wait last time. This was fantastic. Absolutely singing. From the dark fruited nose to the rich, lush texture and the long finish. What a difference five years make. It is as if it came together and the core is much better now. Everything feels in balance. If there were more tertiaries, I'd score this higher but it does feel like it is almost at peak maturity.
    My luck with '03 Bordeux is finally changing!

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  • Paul D wrote: 90 points

    October 16, 2020 - 5/12, no formal notes. This had an authentic dark fruit, gravelly mineral nose. Certainly rich and ripe but with soft tannins, and decent balancing acidity this also had good depth and length. A definite success in the context of the vintage.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    11/3/2005 (link)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2005 (link)

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    4/7/2005 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2003
  • 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
  • UPC Codes 087000345621, 3258691146416, 3284396007585, 3364610016514, 3468171831088, 400005997044, 616773359483

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 43 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,069 (60%)
  • Consumed 1,317 (38%)

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