Wine Advocate | Rating: 86Readers should keep an eye out for Lafon-Rochet, one of the emerging stars of St.-Estephe. Beginning with the 1994 vintage, the stricter selection and dedication of the Tesseron family are pushing this wine into a higher qualitative category. Moreover, prices for Lafon-Rochet remain low! A spicy, green pepper, vegetal component detracted from this dark, opaque-colored wine. While it possesses hard tannin, there is also plenty of fruit (especially for a 1993). The wine is likely to dry out quickly, but those who like a rough and tumble style of Bordeaux with plenty of guts and muscle, are advised that this wine represents a good value. It will provide a beefy mouthful of claret to consume over the next 5-10 years.Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88Attractive and quite beefy, showing loads of tobacco, cassis and wet earth character. Full in body, it coats your mouth with massive but supple tannins. This one needs time; try in 2000. 15,200 cases made.
On a drive though the sprawling vineyard land of the northern Medoc, Chateau Lafon-Rochet is a luminous yellow beacon on the St. Estephe horizon. Situated bordering Chateau Lafite-Rothschild and Chateau Cos D'Estournel, Lafon-Rochet can trace its glowing yellow roots back to Guy Tesseron, who purchased the 4th Growth-classified property in 1959. Under Tesseron, the grand, Chartreuse-style Chateau was built as part of a reinvestment project, which also included widespread replanting. The Tesseron family still owns Lafon-Rochet and is credited with upgrading its quality much in the same way they have propelled their other property, Chateau Pontet-Canet, to prominence.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 58 bottles owned
- 16 collectors