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Chateau Lafon-Rochet, Saint-Estephe 2003

History marks the 17th century as the beginning of this chateau. Two centuries of the same ownership were brought to an end in 1959 with the purchase of the chateau by Guy Tesseron who implemented large scale improvements and renovation to what was a property in a very poor state. It was Guy who painted the chateau in its very distinctive bright yellow, as reflected on the bottle label.

Production area is over 45Ha. Vineyards set over two areas – one with soils of gravel, and the other gravel over clay. Average vine age was 40 years.

Blending ratio of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc.

Maceration in stainless steel - and then matured in oak (50% new) for 16-18 months.

This was an exceptional year for St Estèphe which is reflected in this wine.

The nose is of well-ripened red fruits, cherry liqueur and licorice. On the palette full-flavoured with silky yet powerful tannins which bring a sensation of freshness and bite. These well-defined tannins result in a long, round and fresh finish. Despite the 2003 heatwave, the wine displays a pleasant freshness.

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