Château Lafon-Rochet 2023

Château Lafon-Rochet 2023

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Saint-Estèphe 4th Growth

64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc.

The Château Lafon-Rochet was named Fourth Grand Cru Classé in 1855 during the famous classification of Bordeaux wines for the Paris Universal Exhibition.

It belonged to the Tesseron family for 60 years, Basile Tersseron being the third and last generation. At the end of 2021, Domaine will pass into the hands of Jacky Lorenzetti, founder of the Foncia group.

The vineyard, located on deep, dry gravel and clay soils, now covers 39 hectares of vines, planted with 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet franc. The wines are aged for 15 months in oak barrels, 45% of which are new. 

Robert Parker: 92/100
Generous and layered, the 2023 Lafon-Rochet offers up aromas of blackberries, cassis, incense and burning embers, followed by a medium to full-bodied, rich and enveloping palate that's gourmand and charming, concluding with a gently minty finish. Like the 2023, this represents a richer, more demonstrative style for this Saint-Estèphe property, where Christophe Congé and his team are rehabilitating the vineyards.

Antonio Galloni - Vinous: 93-95/100
The 2023 Lafon-Rochet is a promising wine. Today, it shows terrific depth, driven by an elevated presence of Cabernet Sauvignon and a healthy dollop of Petit Verdot. Dark blue-toned fruit, lavender, licorice and dried herbs show tons of character. There's plenty of Lafon-Rochet finesse, but with an added kick of textural richness not found in the wines made during the Tesseron era. This comes together beautifully with a bit of time in the glass.