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 :
This is a chunky, muscular, big wine that has never developed a harmonious character. It appears the tannin will not become fully integrated. Secondly, the wine is deficient in complexity. Nevertheless, this is a full-bodied, flavorful, admirably concentrated, burly wine with an impressive saturated dark ruby color with a hint of amber at the edge. This leathery, tannic 1970 reveals a taste of concentrated, roasted meat and beef blood. There is no rush to drink it, but I do not anticipate much improvement in this wine.
|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
- Wine Spectator : 80
- Country : France
- Grape varieties : Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot