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2000 Château Lafon-Rochet

Lightly depressed cork; base neck fill; label condition issue

Removed from a subterranean wine cellar; Purchased at retail

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

91Wine Spectator

Concentrated wine. Intense aromas of grilled meat, spice and plum skin. Full-bodied, with big silky tannins and lots of fruit. Long and chewy.

90Robert M. Parker Jr.

...complex nose of earth, underbrush, creosote, creme de cassis, and dried herbs...medium to full body, fine ripeness as well as purity, and moderate tannin in the finish.

90Stephen Tanzer

Assertive, oaky nose features smoked meat and leather. Sweet, dense and packed with fruit. Really spreads out on the back end, finishing with broad, powerful tannins.

REGION

France, Bordeaux, St.-Estephe

Saint-Estèphe is in the northern Médoc, on the left bank of the Gironde River. Although it has no First Growth estates, its five Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Growth châteaux are notable, and, in recent decades, have become favorites with reviewers and consumers. Some reviewers also note that the appellation is today making excellent Cru Bourgeois wines, which frequently offer good value. There are 3,404 acres of vineyards and a variety of soil types, from gravelly soil to soil with significant sand or clay. The two Second Growth Châteaux in St.-Estephe are Cos d’Estournel and Montrose. The Third Growth Calon-Ségur is widely admired. The principal grapes grown are Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.