Jane Anson's latest tasting of Château Lafon-Rochet 2014 shows another wine on the up since en primeur.

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Points 93

Château Lafon-Rochet

Drink:2019 - 2030*

Product:

Château Lafon-Rochet, St-Estèphe, 4ème Cru Classé, Bordeaux 2014

Producer:

This one stands out in the lineup, great depth and flesh, totally brilliant wine that is tight, precise with cassis and bilberry. There is clear oak but it is not intrusive, excellent quality, again one that will give great pleasure over medium to long term.

Alc: 13.5% abv

Taster: Jane Anson

Tasted: February 2017

*Drinking window has not changed since the en primeur tasting.

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In-bottle tasting note for Château Lafon-Rochet 2014

This is being prepared for shipping in November 2016, and underlines the fact that the northern Médoc produced some exceptionally fine wines in this vintage – often better than the 2015s (and almost invariably for a lower consumer price).

This is showing a deep, rich lustre to the fruit, with bilberry, black cherry, liquorice and cedar spice. Always a concentrated wine, this is expectedly closed right now, but the tannins are beautifully ripe. Expect to wait another five to six years before it really opens up, but this is a lovely wine, full of energy and finesse.

Score: 92

Taster: Jane Anson

Tasting date: October 2016

Bordeaux en primeur tasting note published April 2015

Decanter score for Château Lafon-Rochet (St-Estèphe, Fourth Growth):

Attractive fruit and fine structure and length. Lafon-Rochet is sometimes too extracted, but with 2014 they have struck the right balance between fruit and grip.

Drink: 2019-2030

Original en primeur score: 90