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2001 Château Lafon-Rochet

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RATINGS

91Wine Spectator

Very fresh and aromatic, with licorice, violet and light vanilla character. Full-bodied, with a super core of fruit and fantastically silky tannins. Lovely finish.

88-90Stephen Tanzer

Lush and sweet, with complex flavors of spicy red fruits, game and milk chocolate.

17.5Jancis Robinson

Lots of fruit and suppleness. A very ambitious wine. Good stuff.

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.