A Balanced and Fruity Second Wine of Saint-Est?phe
The origins of Ch?teau Lafon-Rochet date back to the seventeenth century. Located on the Saint-Est?phe appellation, Ch?teau Lafon-Rochet distinguished itself in 1855 by becoming a Grand Cru Class?. In 1960, Guy Tesseron acquired the property, then thanks to his work and passion gradually raised Ch?teau Lafon-Rochet to the top of its appellation. In 2007, Michel Tesseron's son, Basile Tesseron, took over the reins of the family estate. With its golden yellow chartreuse, Ch?teau Lafon-Rochet is today a true standard of Saint-Est?phe.
The vineyard of Ch?teau Lafon-Rochet extends over 40 hectares superbly located on the Saint-Est?phe appellation. The vines, which are on average 30 years old, are planted on two croupes with different terroirs. Gravel soils promote excellent drainage while clay helps regulate water stress.
Vinification and ageing: Harvested manually, the grapes are vinified in thermoregulated concrete and stainless steel vats. Ageing is a minimum of 12 months in barrels.
The cuv?e Les P?lerins de Lafon-Rochet is made from a blend of Merlot (57%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (43%).
The blend dominated by Merlot exudes to the nose the freshness as well as the pure and frank expression of ripe fruits.
The palate seduces with its balance, its structure, its amplitude as well as its creamy finish.
The golden-yellow exterior of Château Lafon-Rochet can be seen from afar as one ascends Bordeaux’s D2 road, which winds through some of the greatest Médoc vineyards. It is a colour that is both bold and warm, reflecting those who play a part in the making of its wines, who are guided by commitment and passion.
At Château Lafon-Rochet, every goal, every action, is aimed at preserving what is most precious to us: the complex and unique terroir on which our vines grow.Château Lafon-Rochet is one of the oldest estates in Saint-Estèphe, with origins dating back to the 16th century.Initially known as “Domaine de Rochet”, it was renamed “Château Lafon-Rochet” in 1650 following the marriage of its owner, Antoinette de Guillemotes, to Étienne de Lafon.
Château Lafon-Rochet saw two centuries of winegrowing during which the vineyard grew and improved dramatically, culminating in its awarding of the title of Quatrième Grand Cru Classé at the Official Classification of 1855. For every vintage we produce, we seek to increase the power and precision of our wines, while keeping elegance as our primary focus.The arrival of Christophe Congé as Managing Director in 2022 marks a significant development in our quest for excellence, with his expertise and deep understanding of Médoc soils.