Red

2003 Château Lafon-Rochet

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Estèphe
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Community Tasting Notes 176

  • Kris G wrote: 88 points

    January 28, 2020 - Very concentrated wine and showing a lot of wood. Both characteristics which I normally don't associate with Lafon-Rochet, so the vintage is showing. The fruit was warm and a bit stewed with a lot of paprika. There were some spices. The acidity is there but it interacts too much with the bitterness from the wood, preventing a perfect balance. After 1,5 glass this wine become a bit boring and bit 'too much'.

  • awever Likes this wine: 89 points

    January 26, 2020 - Ziemlich gereift, untypisch für einen St.Estèphe

  • Joealex wrote: 90 points

    December 19, 2019 - Almost black color with ruby rim. Beautiful, strong and complex nose of sweet red currants, raspberries, strawberries and hint of earth and leather. On palate higher acidity which gives freshness and long dry aftertaste. Feel of elegance but unfortunately tannins are drying out and lacks of concentration and sweetness of fruits (which are nicely present in smell) to balance acidity and drying tannins. It is high time to open all bottles which you own, there is nothing to wait for. It will not be better.

  • Roelof Ligtmans wrote: 89 points

    October 31, 2019 - Bought en primeur, well-stocked since. Nice enough nose that does not suggest full maturity. Full taste, red fruit, early tertiary notes. Then a whack of dryish tannins to finish. This is it, or wait longer with the risc of the wine drying out completely?

  • NickBurwood Likes this wine: 91 points

    October 16, 2019 - Chef Michel Roux Jr & Lafon-Rochet (Basile Tesseron) Wine Dinner - Roux at Parliament Square. Limited notes.
    Smoke, ripe berry fruits and showing spicy rather than green herb complexity. Plenty of firm tannins in the frame. Full bodied.
    91pts now but would recommend that it be held till 20 years from vintage when could easily gain a couple more. 91+?+

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    10/1/2010 (link)

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Vinous

  • 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 Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2004, IWC Issue #114 (link)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    June 2011 (link) (16-17?) points

    (Chateau Lafon-Rochet (St Estèphe)) A very dark and indeed rather opaque wine here, near black at its core, with a dusty claretty rim. The fruit character on the nose has a rather deep and roasted feel, with nuances of cherry, cedar and tar. On the palate it has a rather dry, austere feel, although this feeling comes mainly from the firm backbone of ripe, rich tannins. Around it there is a nice presence of texture and fruit, but none of the soft sweetness that you might expect from the vintage. Which is good, but it also feels a little withdrawn and inexpressive. The low level acidity also contributes to the rather dull feel of the wine, lacking definition through the midpalate and finish. There is hope here as the wine has a closed down feel, but I hope time helps this evolve into something brighter and better defined.

  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2007 (link) 16.5+ points

    (Chateau Lafon-Rochet St Estèphe) Another chance to try this wine. An impressive nose, with a lovely, deep presence of fruit. Ripe and deep and concentrated on the palate, yet still very firm, with a slightly hard, core of tannin. But there is a great presence of fruit which is more than a match for it, it seems. This has fine potential indeed.

  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2005 (link) 16.5+ points

    (Chateau Lafon-Rochet St Estèphe) A really deep, glossy colour here. Rich and intense on the nose, with ripe fruit in abundance, with a floral, slightly exotic, pickling spice note. Ripe, supple entry, although this favourable impression fades a little through the midpalate, although it maintains a healthy presence of super-ripe fruit and succulent texture. Piles of tannins, quite an exposed unknit structure, but I think there is the fruit and substance to cope with this in the cellar. Very good potential.

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 2,128 (64%)
  • Consumed 1,174 (35%)

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