See Decanter experts' rating, tasting notes and drinking window for Château Lafon-Rochet 2014.
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.
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.
Original en primeur score: 90