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This wine seems to be one of the few that has not yet recovered from bottling. In a somewhat monolithic, latched-down style, it has plenty of stuffing, lots of structure, and an impressive dark ruby/purple color, but it is very hard to coax from the glass. It is a rather classic St.-Estephe made by the Tesseron family, with its distinctive blood orange label, but this wine seems to beg for another 5-7 years of bottle age. The final blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc has some impressive fruit, but the wine just seems slightly more clipped and narrow than I remember it from the barrel. Hopefully, time will mellow out this impression.
“Medoc means "amid the waters", a strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Gironde estuary to the east. The Medoc is a one-of-a-kind terroir that you need to understand if you want to get the most out of it, an exceptional and demanding terroir.
At Lafon-Rochet, 41 hectares of vines cover two outcrops in Saint-Estephe. On one side, gravel ensures excellent natural drainage; on the other, clay regulates and excess or lack of water, providing the vines with what they need.”