Location and surface area of the Chateau Lafon-Rochet vineyard
Standing out due to its golden yellow facade, Chateau Lafon-Rochet comprises a single-block vineyard that covers 41 hectares in the Saint-Estephe appellation. The vines are planted on soils composed of deep gravel and gravel on clay. Although most of the vineyard is 38 years old on average, the oldest vines were planted in 1938.
What is the history of Chateau Lafon-Rochet?
Boasting origins that date back to the 17th century
Antoinette de Guillemotes married Étienne de Lafon, the owner of Domaine Rochet at the time. A member of parliament from Gironde, he decided to plant vines on the estate’s terroir, which was renamed Chateau Lafon-Rochet following their union. The estate remained owned by the Lafon family until the 1880s.
1855, recognition among the elite of Saint-Estephe wines
In 1855, Chateau Lafon-Rochet was awarded as a Saint-Estephe Classified Fourth Growth, among the 61 Bordeaux estates present at the Universal Exhibition in Paris.
A considerable growth from 1960 onwards
The son of Abel Tesseron, the founder of the eponymous Cognac house in 1905, Guy Tesseron acquired Chateau Lafon-Rochet in 1960.
A visionary and passionate man, Guy Tesseron thoroughly reorganized the vineyard, which at the time comprised only 15 hectares, with the ambition of making Chateau Lafon-Rochet a standard among fine Saint-Estephe wines and on the left bank of Bordeaux. Having been ravaged by fire, the chateau was entirely rebuilt in a typical 18th-century chartreuse style.
A family legacy for over 60 years
Following the passing of Guy Tesseron in 1999, the estate was passed on to his two children, Caroline Poniatowski and Michel Tesseron. The latter carried out major work on the winemaking tools and on the chartreuse, which was repainted in golden yellow in 2000. This colour, much loved by Michel Tesseron, will also feature on the labels of Chateau Lafon-Rochet.
Basile Tesseron, Michel's son, took over the family estate in 2007.
The start of a new era from 2021
Businessman and founder of the Foncia Group, Jacky Lorenzetti acquired Chateau Lafon-Rochet in September 2021. Jacky Lorenzetti owns several estates on the left bank of Bordeaux, Chateau Lilian-Ladouys (Saint-Estephe), Chateau Pedesclaux (Pauillac) and also co-owns Chateau d'Issan (Margaux).
All there is to know about Chateau Lafon-Rochet’s terroir
Location and sun exposure
Chateau Lafon-Rochet is located in the south-west of the Saint-Estephe appellation, between the terroirs of two illustrious estates, Chateau Lafite-Rotschild and Chateau Cos d'Estournel.
Geology: a terroir that provides the vines with an ideal water supply
Chateau Lafon-Rochet watches over a 41-hectare and single-block vineyard. The main feature of this prestigious terroir is its location on two of the appellation’s hillsides. While the gravelly soil on one side favors an optimal soil-drainage, the clay soil on the other side plays a crucial role in the soil’s water regulation.
Climate: vines enjoying an oceanic climate
Due to its geographical location between the ocean and the Gironde estuary, the Saint-Estephe appellation enjoys an oceanic climate. A mostly mild and humid winter precedes a hot and relatively dry summer.
The teams at Chateau Lafon-Rochet manage the vineyard with both rigor and passion. The grape varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
In a never-ending quest for excellence, Chateau Lafon-Rochet acquired two new estates between 2014 and 2016, a stainless steel vat room and a concrete vat room.
The style of the wines of Chateau Lafon-Rochet
Chateau Lafon-Rochet produces two wines. The Grand Vin and Les Pelerins de Lafon-Rochet, the estate’s Second Vin.
An authentic and refined expression of the richness and various nuances of the Saint-Estephe terroirs, the alluring wines by Chateau Lafon-Rochet exhibit power, refinement and precision.
The profile of the wines
The nose is fresh and fruity and offers a great elegance. The balance and minerality are harmoniously combined in a supple, structured palate with very fine tannins.
With their complexity and amplitude, the wines by Chateau Lafon-Rochet reveal their full aromatic richness after 8 to 15 years of cellaring, or even longer.
Food and wine pairing
Red and white meats, game and hard or soft cheeses will pair with Chateau Lafon-Rochet wines beautifully.