Chateau Lafon-Rochet Saint-Estephe Grand Cru 2016, Bordeaux, France

Chateau Lafon-Rochet had a succession of different owners until July 1960, when Guy Tesseron purchased it. As of that year, it became a family-run property. Today, three generations live side by side and cultivate a common passion for its land, its wines, and its vines. Basile, Michel Tesseron’s son, enthusiastically pursues his father’s projects, across the vineyard, inside the cellars and within the Chateau. The Medoc, a long land inlet, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gironde estuary, is a treasure trove for those who know how to tame its complexity. The diverse composition of its gravel, the excellent natural drainage, and the more recently deposited clay, bless Lafon-Rochet with the elements that make its terroir so unique. The estate’s great wine comes from the oldest vines. Chateau Lafon-Rochet is a wine that is both simple and complex, it expresses aromas of black fruits in the majority of vintages, there is really a fade and a particular expression of Saint-Estephe, a certain warmth and roundness while finesse from the Merlot grape variety. 2016 vintage: 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. The Chateau Lafon-Rochet 2016 vintage has remarkable strength and length providing much elegance to the tasting experience. The grapes are harvested by hand. The wine is aged in barrels at least 12 months.