Château Lafont Menaut AOC Pessac-Léognan Red - Technical sheet

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Château Lafont Menaut

AOC Pessac-Léognan Red

As part of the same family that owns one of Bordeaux's best known Classed Growths, Château Carbonnieux, it is hardly surprising that Philibert Perrin has a passion for making good wine. Perrin took over Lafont Menaut 6 years ago. 55% of Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc give the wines a good tannic structure. Other hallmarks are very intense smoky, pencil shaving notes on the nose, so typical of Pessac-Léognan. Dependably high in quality, Lafont is a must for every lover of good wine.

Technical sheets

  • 2011

    VINTAGE 2011

    TASTING NOTES

    Brilliant wine with a rather dense, garnet-red hue. Intense aromas. A first sniff reveals red fruit and black cherry. On swirling, the glass is filled with aromas of raspberry, vanilla and spicy notes. The oak confers discreet, elegant toastiness. The front-of-palate is frank and followed at mid-palate by the emergence of fine, mouthfilling tannins. Fine balance between roundness and power throughout. Overall, an aromatic wine with notes of black fruit and spices and a toasty back-of-palate. Rather long finish, a good wine for cellaring. Food match: red or white meats, hard cheeses, chocolate desserts

    AGEING

    Best drunk young from 2014, but has cellaring potential for another few years.

    MEDALS & AWARDS

    1* - Guide Hachette des Vins 2015

  • 2012

    VINTAGE 2012

    TASTING NOTES

    Brilliant red with purple tints. A first sniff reveals red fruit and spices, with raspberry, vanilla and toasty notes filling the glass on swirling. The oak confers discreet, elegant toastiness. Supple on attack, the mid-palate displaying taut tannins offset by mouthfilling volume and fine aromatic intensity. Overall, a very harmonious wine with a fresh-flavoured palate (black berried fruit). Fine length. Food match : red or white meats, hard cheeses, chocolate desserts

    AGEING

    A wine to drink young, from 2015, but does have an ageing potential of more than 10 years.

  • 2013

    VINTAGE 2013

    TASTING NOTES

    This growth does credit to its outstanding terroir with a wine whose charm and richness are evident from the start: a beautiful garnet red in colour and a deliciously complex bouquet which succulently combines toasty notes and ripe black fruits. The palate is creamy and fleshy, with elegant tannins providing a balanced whole, crowned by a long finish. One of the best wines to date from this growth, which improves with each successive year.

    AGEING

    A wine to drink young, from 2015, but does have an ageing potential of more than 10 years.

    MEDALS & AWARDS

    Mention - Guide Hachette des Vins 2017

  • 2014

    VINTAGE 2014

    TASTING NOTES

    Brilliant wine, rather dense, garnet-red. Fine intensity on the nose. A first sniff reveals red fruit and black cherry. Swirling reveals vanilla aromas and spicy notes. The oak confers discreet, elegant toastiness. The attack is frank, with a superb, mouthfilling tannic structure taking over at mid-palate and roundness and power evenly balanced. The overall impression is an aromatic wine with notes of black fruit and spices with toastiness at the finish. The finish is long, revealing a wine which is still young, but can be laid down and enjoyed for up to a decade. A wine to savour with friends, accompanying red or white meat, hard cheese, or chocolate desserts.

    AGEING

    A wine to drink young, from 2016, but does have an ageing potential of more than 10 years.