2004 Lafon-Rochet, St-Estèphe

SKU #1030376 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A big time sleeper of the vintage, the noteworthy 2004 Lafon-Rochet boasts an inky/blue/purple color, sweet aromas of creme de cassis intermixed with smoke, licorice, and toasty new oak, a ripe, medium to full-bodied style, sweet tannin, and loads of flavor as well as depth. This beauty can be consumed now and over the next 14-15 years.  (6/ 2007)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright red-ruby. Blackberry, violet, licorice, leather and herbs on the nose. Juicy and tightly wound, showing less density and sweetness today than the young 2006. A slightly hard, peppery but savory style, with leather and herbal notes and some dusty tannins on the back.  (6/ 2007)

Wine Spectator

 Beautiful aromas of crushed berries and hints of spices. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a fresh, clean finish. Long and caressing. Consistently very good quality. Best after 2010.  (3/ 2007)

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By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/24/2011  | Send Email
Like this wine quite a bit. Every bit a reflection of both vintage (the wonderfully fresh, classic 2004 vintage) as well as commune (firm and grippy St Estephe), the property's 100 acres apparently lie between Lafite and Cos d'Estournel. I would purchase several and check back on this bottle in at least another 5 years. This is a terrific candidate for the cellar.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Saint Estephe

- The northern-most of the Medoc communes, St. Estephe is quickly becoming one of the favorite areas for both high quality and great value Bordeaux reds. While it has fewer classified growths than the other communes, it also boasts some of the hottest up and coming chateaux of the last several. The most famous chateaux are the second growths Montrose and Cos d'Estournel with Calon Segur (3rd growth), Lafon Rochet (4th growth), and Cos Labory (5th growth) rounding out the cru classe wines. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the area, but plantings of Merlot are on the rise resulting in rounder, fatter, flashier wines than in years past.