Château Lafon-Rochet 2015 St Estephe

Château Lafon-Rochet 2015 St Estephe

An understated gem that should not be overlooked.


Country, Region
France, Bordeaux, St-Estephe
54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot
Food friend
Slow braised meats, especially ox cheeks

Additional Details

Tasting Notes

A well-defined bouquet, sultry black fruit at first but a few swirls and it becomes more expressive, with earthy woodland scents complementing the aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a keen bead of acidity, very harmonious and elegant toward the sappy finish, a hint of savoury black olive salinity on the aftertaste.

Producer details

The 41 hectare vineyard of Lafon-Rochet is planted to 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. This shows a slight increase in their Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot plantings. On average, the vines are kept at 37 years of age. However, the estate has old vines. Their oldest parcels have Merlot vines that were planted all the way back in 1938. The vineyard is planted to a vine density that ranges from 8,500 to 10,000 vines per hectare. However, newer plantings are done at 9,000 vines per hectare. As we mentioned previously, the vineyard of Lafon-Rochet is in one large block that can be sub-divided into 40 separate parcels. They have slopes and hills that rise to 26 meters in elevation. The vineyard of Lafon-Rochet is in almost one single large parcel, which is unusual for the region, although the vineyard does make a few odd twists, turns and angles to remain in its single block of vines. They have 38 hectares under vine. The vineyard was slightly reduced in size as they sold 3 hectares of vines. Their terroir is mostly gravel, clay, sand, limestone and marl soils. Their best parcels are located on the west side of the estate, where one finds a mix of deep gravel and clay. Part of what makes their terroir unique is that some of the clay in their vineyards is the same type of hard, blue clay found in Pomerol at Petrus. Chateau Lafon-Rochet has good neighbours. They are ideally placed not far from Château Cos d'Estournel, Château Cos Labory and Château Lafite Rothschild in Pauillac. This places much of their vines in the south of the Saint-Estèphe appellation. Lafon-Rochet continues to experiment with various farming techniques. Over time they have tried using organic farming on at least 10% of their vineyards. But the results were not what they were hoping for.

In the vineyard

Lafon-Rochet's vineyards lie on clay-gravel soils and are superbly sited in the south of the commune opposite Château Lafite.

In the winery

The wines are matured in oak barriques (40% new) for 18 months.

Food Recommendations

Great with slow-braised ox cheek

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