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Date Printed: 8/1/2014
Chateau Lafon-Rochet  2004
Chateau Lafon-Rochet 2004
(search item no. 92359)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/1/2014: $35.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"A big time sleeper of the vintage, the noteworthy 2004 Lafon-Rochet boasts an inky/blue/purple color, sweet aromas of creme de cassis intermixed with smoke, licorice, and toasty new oak, a ripe, medium to full-bodied style, sweet tannin, and loads of flavor as well as depth. This beauty can be consumed now and over the next 14-15 years."
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
90 Points
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Additional wines from Chateau Lafon-Rochet:

  • 2008 (search item no. 103998)

About Chateau Lafon-Rochet:

This ancient estate can trace its origins back to the early 16th century, at which time "Rochet" belonged to the vast Vallée Roussillon feudal estate. Château Lafon-Rochet stayed in the Lafon family for two years, despite the upheaval of the French Revolution. They were also owners in 1855, when their wine received the ultimate recognition as a great growth, along with only four others in the Saint-Estèphe appellation.

The château is in a choice location, in one of the most prestigious winegrowing areas in the world – between Cos d'Estoumel and Lafite-Rothschild (to the south). It is thus hardly surprising that Guy Tesseron, famous for the quality of his old Cognac, was attracted to Lafon-Rochet some 40 years ago.

After acquiring the estate, he decided that the existing cellar was unworthy of such a fine wine, and had it razed. He built an entirely new one and, in a highly unusual move, built a new château as well, in the style of the 17th century chartreuse manor house. Thanks to the great care and attention lavished on Lafon-Rochet, it has become one of the standard bearers of the great wines of Saint-Estèphe in France and around the world.