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2009 La Chapelle de Lafon-Rochet
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- Cellar 8 - 10 years (2021-2023)
- ABV 14%
- Closure: Cork
Basile Tesseron was thrown into the deep end of running this family estate in 2007 when Lafon Rochet suddenly lost its technical director before vintage. Since then, his imprint has grown stronger and he's made a series of environmental commitments, by eliminating pesticides completely, further reducing treatments, making cover crops the norm between rows, reinstating tree hedges to protect the vineyards from the treatments from neighbouring estates and increasing biodiversity.
The second wine of Lafon Rochet is named after the 16th century chapel of the estate, used by pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. No doubt those faithful would have enjoyed a bottle or two of this wine had it been available then! This fruitier rendition of the Grand Vin is sourced from a selection of vineyards between 10 and 30 years old and made according to the very same process as Lafon Rochet. As Basile Tesseron himself once put it in an interview, to grasp the difference between La Chapelle and Lafon Rochet, one could consider "a Rolex and a Tudor side by side". Either way, it seems the time is right to buy!
Opaque black crimson colour with deep crimson red hue. The nose is a little subdued at first with aromas of blackcurrant, cedar, light cigar box and spice emerging. Medium to full bodied the palate possesses flavours of
blackcurrant, cedar and cigar box with a spicy back palate. The dryish, relatively assertive tannins clipping the finish a little. Aftertaste of blackcurrant, cedar and spice.
Cellar 8-10 years (2021-2023).
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