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2012 Lafon-Rochet, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1129991 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The opaque purple-hued 2012 Lafon Rochet reveals plenty of incense, blueberry, black raspberry and spring flower notes intermixed with a hint of forest floor. Rich and medium to full-bodied, it is a complete wine from beginning to end. It may tighten up once it’s in bottle, but this wine has 15 or more years of cellaring potential. This superb effort is a major sleeper of the vintage. Made from a final blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, it boasts 13.5% natural alcohol and was made by Basile Tesseron, whose family owns this chateau as well as the well-known Pontet Canet. Like his uncle Alfred, Basile has moved to biodynamic farming. Inner quote mark (4/2013)

91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This shows a seamless fruit and tannin structure. Very well done for the vintage. Full body yet tight and reserved. Inner quote mark (4/2013)

88-90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Barrel sample. This is a juicy wine that revels in its black-currant flavors. It's a rich, fruity wine that also offers some firmer tannins. Inner quote mark (4/2013)

87-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright deep purple. Enticing, delicate aromas of blackcurrant, red cherry, violet and iris are complicated by a mineral twist. Very suave on the palate, offering seamless flavors of dark fruits, minerals and black pepper. Finishes long and clean, with a hint of cassis syrup and a bright mineral overlay. Just like La Conseillante in 2012, this wine has a beautiful purity and a seamless texture; you can recognize the Jean-Claude Berrouet touch in both of these wines (he consults at both properties). Inner quote mark (6/2013)

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