2015 Lafon Rochet Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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WE 95 JD 94 VN 94 JS 93 DC 91 JL 91 WA 91
WE 95

Wine Enthusiast, February 2018

A sinuous line of tannins runs through this structured wine. It lifts the dark plum and berry fruits and give shape to the spicy, firm wine. As the estate builds in strength, the style of this perfumed, stylish wine will...
JD 94

jebdunnuck.com, November 2017

A gem from Saint-Estèphe is the 2015 Château Lafon-Rochet and it’s certainly one of the top wines from this appellation in 2015. Elegant, medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure and refined, it offers impressive notes of...
VN 94

Vinous, June 2023

The 2015 Lafon-Rochet has a very perfumed bouquet. It's much more floral than the 2014 with rose petals, iris-infused red berry fruit, wild mint, and Provencal herbs, all beautifully defined. The palate is fleshy and...
JS 93

jamessuckling.com, February 2018

Very perfumed with blackberries, blueberries and cloves. Dried lavender as well. Full body and linear and refined tannins. Pretty spices come together with the clean fruit at the end. Hard not to drink now but two or...
DC 91

Decanter, January 2023

Softer, more rounded and complete, this is a generous Lafon-Rochet with a bit less focus on the mid-palate. Plenty of lift, not at all heavy in the mouth. There is a prominent baked fruit character but also enough acidity...
JL 91

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2018

Medium bodied, soft, earthy and fresh, with a vibrance to the sweet red and black fruits which are followed by herbs, olives and tobacco. Forward in style, a few years will add more softness and nuance to the wine. 91...
WA 91

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2018

91+ The medium garnet-purple colored 2015 Lafon-Rochet is reduced on the nose to begin, with tar and earth aromas over black fruits and herbs. The medium-bodied palate is vibrant and refreshing with firm, grainy...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Estephe
Vintage 2015
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

The 2015 Lafon Rochet is a Bordeaux Blend from the St. Estèphe sub-region of Bordeaux, France. Produced by Lafon Rochet, this red wine features a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and a small amount of Petit Verdot, with a 13.5% alcohol content and a cork closure. The wine has garnered significant attention from reviewers, receiving high praise and accolades across the board.

James Suckling awarded the wine a score of 93, describing it as "very perfumed with blackberries, blueberries, and cloves. Dried lavender as well." He noted its full body and refined tannins, suggesting that "two or three years of bottle age will pull it together" and recommending to "drink in 2020." (jamessuckling.com, 2/3/2018).

Jeb Dunnuck was even more enthusiastic, granting it a score of 94. He referred to it as a "gem from Saint-Estèphe" and "one of the top wines from this appellation in 2015." He highlighted its elegance, medium to full body, and "impressive notes of sweet dark fruits, crème de cassis, classy oak and a kiss of minerality." Dunnuck emphasized the wine’s finesse and quality of tannin, calling it "a hidden little gem worth tracking down." (jebdunnuck.com, 11/30/2017).

Vinous also gave a score of 94, noting the wine's "very perfumed bouquet" with floral elements such as rose petals and iris-infused red berry fruit. Neal Martin praised its "fleshy and rounded" palate, comparing it to Burgundy towards the finish and calling it a "winsome Saint-Estèphe that will give much pleasure." (Vinous, 6/20/2023).

Wine Enthusiast rated it highest at 95, remarking on the "sinuous line of tannins" and the wine’s structure, which "lifts the dark plum and berry fruits." They suggested that the wine's style would become "a benchmark" as the estate grows in strength. The optimal drink window is from 2025. (Wine Enthusiast, 2/1/2018).

Other notable reviews include Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, which gave it a 91+ score, noting its "vibrant and refreshing" palate with "firm, grainy tannins" (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 2/22/2018), and Decanter, which also scored it 91, mentioning its "prominent baked fruit character" and "firm tannins and notable oak on the finish" (Decanter, 1/16/2023). Jeff Leve from TheWineCellarInsider.com also rated it 91, highlighting its "medium-bodied, soft, earthy and fresh" profile with "sweet red and black fruits, herbs, olives and tobacco." (TheWineCellarInsider.com, 3/12/2018).

Overall, the 2015 Lafon Rochet is a well-regarded Bordeaux Blend that promises to deliver a refined and pleasurable drinking experience, particularly with a few years of aging.