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1996 Lafon-Rochet, St-Estèphe

SKU #110750 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (4/1999)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Blackberry and licorice aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish. (JS, Web Only-2007) Inner quote mark

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark 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. (JR) Inner quote mark (2/2011)

K&L Notes

Recently from Neal Martin for Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Lafon-Rochet is a wine that I had not tasted for nearly one decade. It was always a modest 1996 Saint Estèphe. The nose is pleasant with blackberry and briary aromas, cedar and sandalwood, but perhaps what is missing vigor. You almost end up giving it a kick up the rear to offer more intensity. The palate is well balanced and delivers a pleasant fleshy mouthfeel. It feels saline in the mouth with a generous pinch of black pepper towards the finish. This is drinking beautifully now and if your expectations and not lofty, you will enjoy this Lafon-Rochet that is à point. Tasted July 2016. Drink through 2028. (10/2016)


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