Château Lafon-Rochet has always been good. However, since being purchased in 1960 by the Tesseron family (the owners of Pontet-Canet in Pauillac), the wine from this Fourth Growth Bordeaux Château has been excellent. Since 1999, Michel Tesserson and his sister, Princess Caroline Poniatowska, have assumed management, and with help from Michel's son, Basile, they have taken Lafon-Rochet in the direction of organic, biodynamic viticulture.
Château Lafon-Rochet's 111 acres of gravelly clay soil in Saint-Estèphe are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc. In the cellar, a good percentage of new oak and a healthy addition of Merlot results in a rich, lush, meaty wine that's rarely austere in the early going. The Grand Vin is produced from the oldest vines, which are at least 35 years old. Les Pelerins de Lafon Rochet is the second wine, made from younger vines and intended specifically for early drinking. Production at Lafon-Rochet is approximately 200,000 cases annually.