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1995 Ch. Lafon Rochet, St Estèphe

1995 Ch. Lafon Rochet, St Estèphe

Red | Drink now | Code:  905511 | 1995 | Cab.Sauvignon Blend | 12.5 % alcohol

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PARKER - Ch. Lafon-Rochet is a Quatrième Cru Classé St Estèphe estate that has been owned by the Tesseron family since 1959. The property had been neglected and Guy Tesseron extensively replanted, as well as building a completely new château. The vineyards lie on clay-gravel soils and are superbly sited in the south of the commune, opposite Ch. Lafite.

Those who find the tannins and structure of St Estèphe wines tricky should make a date with the 1995 Lafon-Rochet. Perfectly elegant yet losing none of the wonderful terrior, this takes the best of the generous ’95 vintage and pairs it with Lafon-Rochet’s superb cool northerly aspect.

The Grape

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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