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FINE+RARE, Apr 2024

Somewhat dark and brooding on the nose, black plum, tart blackberry, tea leaf and cocoa powder are framed by sturdy tannins that propel the wine forward into a long, gripping finish. Graphite and a faint saline note add complexity. This is well-built wine, with a great deal of aging potential.

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Critic scores
93
93/100

Average Score

94
93-94/100

James Suckling

92
91-93/100

William Kelley, Wine Advocate

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92 - 94 points
Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider
Score 92-94/100 · Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider, May 2024

Blackberries, black cherries, spice, and tobacco leaves with a touch of spice fill the nose. On the palate, the wine is vibrant, soft, and polished with ripe, brisk tannins, and a chewy, fresh, peppery finish. The wine was made from blending 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, and 4% Cabernet Franc. 13.35%. This is only the second vintage with the new owner, Jackie Lorenzetti, and the team of Emmanuel Cruse fully in charge.

93 - 94 points
James Suckling
Score 93-94/100 · James Suckling, Apr 2024

This is very St.-Estephe, with blackcurrant, lead pencil, graphite and crushed stone. Medium-bodied, linear and structured. Excellent finish. 64% cabernet sauvignon, 29% merlot, 4% petit verdot and 3% cabernet franc. 13.35% alcohol. 3.75 pH.

91 - 93 points
William Kelley, Wine Advocate
Score 91-93/100 · William Kelley, Wine Advocate, Apr 2024

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.

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Lafon Rochet

Instantly recognisable for its sunshine-yellow château and labels, Ch. Lafon-Rochet is a Fourth Growth Saint-Estèphe estate renowned for its age-worthy wines. Quality at the property has increased significantly over the last two decades and, with new owners from 2021, this will only continue.

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