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Date Printed: 4/20/2014
Chateau Lafon-Rochet  2005
Chateau Lafon-Rochet 2005
(search item no. 96940)
collectible wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $64.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 The Wine Advocate 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
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Good red-ruby. Very ripe aromas of musky currant , black raspberry, camphor and tobacco leaf. Round and plump for St. Estephe, with noteworthy volume and seamless texture; sweeter by far than the chateau's 2007 or 2006 samples but possesses harmonious framing acidity. Finishes with broad tannins that arrive late. A big success."
-International Wine Cellar

"At present, this structured, backward 2005 is dominated by the vintage's substantial tannins. It exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color, a reticent but promising bouquet of sweet black fruits intermixed with weedy tobacco, licorice, and leather characteristics. Medium-bodied and powerful, with excruciating tannin, but promising potential, patience is most definitely required. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030."
-Wine Advocate

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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.