December 25, 2020 - This one was definitely on the other side of the hill unfortunately.
No fruit left, mostly forest floor, leather and wood aromas and flavours. Short finish with acidity aftertaste. This wine is capable of so much more when younger. Luckily I have two more bottles of vintage 2009!
April 1, 2018 - Drank at 67
Still feels young and vibrant. Nice.
April 1, 2018 - Still better than expected.
December 13, 2017 - Pnp. My first Lafon Rochet I believe and much better than expected, but then I love the 86 vintage as those lower and mid-range Chateaux are holding up very well due to the formerly somewhat tannic and angular structure. Garnet color with just very subtle bricking at the transparent rim. Some barnyard and on the nose, iron, red and dark dry fruit, sous bois, tannins entirely integrated. Not very long but a lot of fun to drink with a Wed night meal at home, and on its own thereafter. Fruit starts to fade a bit around the 2h mark.
Does not need a decant, so would just pnp, no point waiting any longer but no rush either.
April 25, 2016 - Lovely old Medoc with balance and finesse. Cigar box nose, basalt and dried fruit on the palate over a backbone of integrated acid and tannin. Nothing too complex but thoroughly enjoyable.
April 2, 2016 - Opened up nicely over three hours in a decanter. Definitely improved with some air. Medium body, medium-long finish. Very little nose. Flavors of tobacco and some red fruit. I would not have guessed this is a 30 year old wine.
January 6, 2014 - excellent survivor; solid and tasteful
December 8, 2013 - perfect survival, marvellous aromas, good finish, complexity, power, still fruit
May 27, 2011 - The cork was half way stained and intact.Decanted about ½ hour.Reticent nose giving some tobacco notes.Light bodied palate,showing tobacco in the forefront,some decent but fading sweet fruit and hints of graphite and liquorice.Pretty short finish but rather smooth and enjoyable.Classic left bank stuff.Time to drink up.
September 21, 2007 - Really lovely. Received for free because it was "too old" but it tastes great to me (and no, I'm not English, though I do like my Bordeaux with some age on it). The rough tannins of youth have been shed and what is left is a nicely balanced wine with lots of fruit along with smoke and graphite on the nose. It may not last much longer, but right now it is still giving a lot of pleasure.