Fully mature, round, soft and reasonably complex, the 2003 Lafon Rochet exhibits notes of cedarwood, licorice, Christmas fruitcake, red and black fruits. The tannins are resolved in this medium-bodied, low acid St.-Estephe, so enjoy it over the next 4-5 years. Drink 2014-2019
|Score: 89||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014|
A sleeper of the vintage, the dense blue/purple-colored 2003 Lafon-Rochet exhibits plenty of blackberry, cassis and graphite along with a touch of toasty new oak. The wine is more backward than expected, but it possesses full-bodied, concentrated flavors as well as good elegance, purity, and overall equilibrium. This is a long-distance runner. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025.
|Score: 90+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006|
|Score: 88/90||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005|
A successful effort for this chateau (whose flamboyant orange/yellow facade resembles a Las Vegas cat house), the 2003 Lafon-Rochet’s saturated ruby/purple color is followed by a broad, expansive wine with copious quantities of jammy blackberry and cassis fruit, and hints of underbrush, licorice, and earth. With medium to full body, low acidity, and a long finish, this sleeper of the vintage should drink well for 15+ years.
|Score: 89/91||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (152), April 2004|
Wild and exotic wine. Blackberry and light jam character. Big and juicy. Full-bodied and long. Velvety.
|Score: 89/91||James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 04), April 2004|
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 04), April 2004|
2003 Lafon Rochet placed nineteenth overall, out of 100 wines tasted blind, at the 2003 Farr Vintners Blind Tasting held in October 2010. For more information, please visit www.farrvintners.com/blog.php
|Score: 16.2||Farr Vintners, Farr Vintners 2003 Blind Tasting, October 2010|