The Chateau Lafon-Rochet 2005 Grand Cru Classe of the Saint-Estèphe appellation in Bordeaux, France, was purchased for approximately $65. In the glass, the wine was a clear, dark ruby. It had medium intense aromas of smoke, red fruit (cherry and plum) with blackcurrant leaf and cedar. It had a medium body, medium+ alcohol (13.5% abv), high tannins and acidity balanced with flavors of mixed black and red berries and cherries with cedar and a long peppery finish.
A very good wine and perfect with a grilled steak simply seasoned with butter, sea salt and fresh ground pepper.