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Lafon Rochet 2013

It has a youthful appearance(deep ruby, tight rim, blue-purple hue), while the colour is not intense. Delicate nose, good purity of fruit. Some aromatic herbs, such as cassis and cherry, rather than dark berries here. Light hint of oak and cedar wood. Good grip on the palate. It still appears tight and unresolved, but it has good proportions. With ample and ripe tannins, there is pure fruit. I think it is pretty elegant notes of black currant and red currant. It has length. The oak is rather discreet initially, but I get some delicate roasted notes at the end. And it is persistent and keeps lingering for a good while—a pretty long finish. Fine freshness. So, I call this potent wine for further cellaring. It should open up and show its full potential in another two to three years. I like the purity of fruit; I like the freshness of it. One size smaller than the most outstanding vintages. However, it should be a wine that pleases Bordeaux lovers for relatively early drinking—the right time to crack a bottle.

The score is understated and is adequate to convince a reasonably good quality. WE92.This estate is being improved and is owned by a family branch that also holds nearby Château Pontet-Canet. The 2013 is attractive, with ripe fruit and delicious acidity, supported by a firm, dry backdrop of solid tannins. Drink from 2020.


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