4ème Cru Classé - Saint-Estèphe

Château Lafon-Rochet, is a 41-hectare vineyard estate located in Saint-Estèphe in Gironde. AOC Médoc, it is classified quatrième grand cru by the official Bordeaux wine classification of 1855.

What are the specificities of Château Lafon-Rochet?

The estate was founded in 1650, when Antoinette de Guillemotte brought the land of Rochette as a dowry to her husband, Pierre de Lafon. The couple added their surname to the original name of the estate: le Château Lafon Rochet was born.

Only one road separates the vineyards of Lafon-Rochet from those of Lafite-Rothschild. Unfortunately, there is no connection between the two. Some would have even downgraded this quatrième cru to fifth place. But the Tesseron family did not remain deaf to the critics who flocked to their cru. Harvest dates were pushed back, destemming became the rule, the proportion of new oak barrels was increased, and a second wine was created. All these efforts have been rewarded since the 1989 and 1990 vintages, from which Lafon-Rochet has experienced a complete rebirth to the point of becoming one of the greats of the appellation.

Ideally located, the Château has very good neighbours: not far from Château Cos d'Estournel, Château Cos Labory and Château Lafite Rothschild in Pauillac. The Château offers for tasting a wine composed of:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon 55%
  • Merlot 39%
  • Petit Verdot 4%
  • Cabernet Franc 2%

Their terroir is essentially made up of gravel, clay, sand, limestone and marl. Their best parcels are located to the west of the estate, where there is a mixture of deep gravel and clay.

However, what makes the terroir unique is that some of the clay in their vineyard is the same type of hard blue clay found in Pomerol in Petrus.

Best Vintages of Lafon-Rochet: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2003 and 2000.

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