1996 Lafon-Rochet, St-Estèphe
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the sleepers of the 1996 vintage, Lafon-Rochet has turned out an atypically powerful, rich, and concentrated wine bursting with black currant fruit. The opaque purple color gives way to a medium to full-bodied, tannic, backward wine with terrific purity, a sweet, concentrated mid-palate, and a long, blockbuster finish. This wine remains one of the finest values from the luxury-priced 1996 vintage, and is well-worth purchasing by readers who are willing to invest 5-6 years of patience; it should keep for two decades. (RP)
Blackberry and licorice aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish. (Web-2007)
Mid ruby with hardly any ageing. Quite full and ripe and dense and attention grabbing. Big, bold fruit followed by St-Estèphe freshness. Lots to get your teeth into here… Very youthful. Very flattering. Quite sweet for a St-Estèphe. 17.5/20 points.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby-red. Cassis, black olive, menthol and smoke on the nose. Rather unforthcoming in the middle palate today. In a distinctly drier style despite showing a ripe note of chocolate. Good but not outstanding flavor intensity.