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2005 Lafon-Rochet, St-Estèphe

SKU #1040946 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Dense ruby/purple and still youthful and exuberant, with oodles of cassis and incense, the 2005 Lafon-Rochet is medium to full-bodied, with ripe tannin and a long finish. Just becoming approachable, this wine should continue to drink well for another 10-15 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (6/2015)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good red-ruby. Very ripe aromas of musky currant, black raspberry, camphor and tobacco leaf. Round and plump for St. Estephe, with noteworthy volume and seamless texture; sweeter by far than the chateau's 2007 or 2006 samples but possesses harmonious framing acidity. Finishes with broad tannins that arrive late. A big success. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2008)

91 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark A sweet violet aroma adds to this wine's finesse while gravelly tannins give it a classical St-Estèphe profile. It feels sleek, firm and finely crafted, with meaty density of fruit that will sustain it for years to come. Inner quote mark (10/2008)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark While there are superripe fruit aromas, the structure of this wine is totally solid. Somewhere lurking under the shell is huge black fruit, but now it is dark and very dry. Inner quote mark (6/2006)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Has notes of blackberry, with Indian spices and green tea. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins, a silky texture and a medium finish. Balanced and very refined. A beautiful young wine. (JS) Inner quote mark (3/2008)

Decanter

Outer quote mark Perfumed, very elegant, good finesse. Really elegant, supple, refined and good concentration. Inner quote mark

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Light, fresh nose. A tad skinny but correct and stony. Lots to chew on. Should have a long life. Very clean and energetic. Tannins there in abundance. Very racy. 17/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (2/2017)

K&L Notes

Château Lafon-Rochet was established during the 17th century and was awarded Fourth Growth status in 1855. The estate borders Cos d'Estournel. 92 points, Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted single blind at Southwold. This has a fine blackberry, cedar-infused nose with good definition - tightly coiled and certainly needing more time. Very good concentration, fine tannins, quite succulent for a Saint Estephe but very well poised with fine sense of mineralite on the finish. Imbued with femininity, which is unusual. Good depth and cohesion. This remains an excellent Lafon-Rochet although its still needs time. Drink 2015-2025. Tasted January 2009."


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