Château Lafon Rochet – 2013 – Saint Estèphe 4e Grand Cru Classé

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Youthful appearance here, quite blue-purple not immense colour intensity, rather medium deep. Fine nose, good purity of fruit here. Particular emphasis on fruit. Rather dark berries here, such a cassis, dark cherry, there is some aromatic herbs. Fine hint of oak, cedar wood. Good gripe on the palate. This is doubtlessly a very youthful wine. Still appearing a bit tight and unresolved, but I think it has good proportions. Fresh acidity here. There is a tannin presence, but ripe tannin. I like the purity of fruit here. I think it is quite elegant notes of black currant, red currant. It has length. I think the oak is rather discreet at first, but on the finish I get some quite fine roasted notes. And it is persistent, keeps lingering for a good while. A quite long finish. Fine freshness. So I would call this, potent wine for further cellaring. I think in another two to three years it should really open up and show its full potential. I like the purity of fruit, I like the freshness of it. Maybe one size smaller than the greatest vintages. However, it should be a wine that pleases Bordeaux lovers for rather early drinking.

Tasted by the Best Sommelier of the World, Andreas Larsson.