I love finding bottles like this and paying a fraction of what a recent vintage would cost. Lafon-Rochet was one of the first real nice Bordeaux I had when I started enjoying wine. Nice to see that it can still impress.
1996 Château Lafon-Rochet- France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe (8/11/2011)
Previously had this wine a few times back in 2006 and enjoyed it quite a lot. Now, 5 years later, it seems to be even better. Very little sign of age in the color but the nose definitely shows the funky earthiness that I love in aged wines from St. Estephe. Very smooth and rustic on the palate with a good mix of dark fruits and earth. Only a slight influence from the tannins towards the finish. Lots of sediment so it gets a little muddy when you are at the end of the bottle. (92 pts.)
It was pretty good right from the start. I have a few more bottles and I think the only thing I would do next time is try to decant off the sediment. Sitting in the decanter during dinner wouldn’t hurt.