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Château Lafon-Rochet

The winery is located in the municipality Saint-Estèphe in the eponymous area in the Médoc (Bordeaux). In the Bordeaux Classification In 1855, the company was classified with the fourth rank (Quatrième Cru Classé). The origin dates back to the middle of the 16th century. In the middle of the 17th century, the estate came into the possession of Etienne de Lafon. In contrast to many other goods, the estate's history was hardly influenced by the French Revolution, as Jean Lafon supported the revolution as a member of the local Revolutionary Council. Jean changed his name to Jean de Lafon Rochet, from which the estate name derives. After that there were countless changes of ownership and ultimately a total decline.

Château Lafon-Rochet

When it was taken over in 1960 by Guy Tesseron, there was almost no wine production. By his marriage to Nicole Cruse this came in business relation to the well-known wine trade house. He had vineyards and cellars renovated and built a new château in the style of the 18th century. In 1975, he was also the Château Pontet-Canet acquired. This was then bequeathed in 1999 to the brothers Gerard and Alfred Tesseron, while the twin brother of Gerard, Michel Tesseron and his sister Caroline were awarded the Château Lafon-Rochet. The vineyards cover 45 hectares and are with the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Merlot (40%) and Cabernet Franc (5%). The long-lived red wine is aged for 14 to 18 months in 50% new oak barrels. The name of the second wine "Les Pèlerins de Lafon-Rochet" recalls the time when Château Lafon-Rochet was a station of pilgrims (Pèlerins) on the Way of St. James to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia (Spain). Another second wine is called "Le Numéro 2 de Lafon-Rochet".

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