Not the classic style of St Estephe.
It is a blend of 31% Merlot, 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot, and as rightly put by Neal Martin, this Lafon-Rochet 2008 is intense on the nose, oozing blackberry, blueberry and a touch of cassis.
Chunky and not as refined,
it could do with being a degree less macerated. However, the palate is full-bodied with saturated, chewy tannins, dense black fruits, hints of boysenberry, cedar and a touch of pepper. A very slick smooth finish that just needs a little more reserve. Surely there are strong supporters for this wine. And, the vintage 2008 is not that easy to come by on the market. WE90.
WINE ENTHUSIAST | 90
Dark tannins provide the structured for the Cabernet Sauvignon black currant flavors. It has power—this is a big and solid wine, given tension by tannins, that will take several years to soften out.