This ancient estate can trace its origins back to the early 6th century, at which time "Rochet" belonged to the vast Vallee Roussillon feudal estate. Chateau Lafon-Rochet stayed in the Lafon family for two centuries, despite the upheaval of the French Revolution. They were also owners in 1855, when their wine received the ultimate recognition as a great growth, along with only four others in the Saint-Estephe appellation. The chateau is in a choice location, in one of the most prestigious winegrowing areas in the world - between Cos d'Estournel and Lafite Rothschild (to the south). It is thus hardly surprising that Guy Tesseron, famous for the quality of his old Cognac, was attracted to Lafon-Rochet some 40 years ago. After acquiring the estate, he decided that the existing cellar was unworthy of such a fine wine, and had them razed. He built an entirely new one and, in a highly unusual move, built a new chateau as well, in the style of a 17th' century chartreuse manor house.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 1975 Lafon-Rochet is a big, surprisingly deeply colored, chunky wine that continues to exhibit the harsh, tannic, angular character possessed by many 1975s. Despite the color and intensity, it exhibits little complexity or direction. The wine is large-scaled, however, it is clumsy and too one-dimensional. Anticipated maturity: Now-2000. Last tasted, 4/88.
|Grape varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot|
|Producer/Bottled by||CHATEAU LAFON ROCHET 33180 ST ESTEPHE FRANCE|
|Classification||4e cru classe|
- Vineyard : Medoc
- Country : France
- Grape varieties : Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot