From the vines to the cellar
« Médoc » means "land bewteen waters"; a strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Gironde estuary to the east. The Médoc is a unique terroir that must be understood in order to get the most out of it - an exceptional terroir is a demanding terroir. At Lafon-Rochet, 41 hectares of vines cover two ridges of Saint-Estèphe. On the one hand, the gravel provides excellent natural drainage. On the other, the clay regulates the water flow and provides the vines with the necessary quantities.
"Working our vines is a daily endeavour, a lifetime commitment"
The vineyard is mostly planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, together with small plots of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot which, for some vintages, provide pleasant suprises. The "great wine" vines are at least 35 years old; the oldest vines, some of which date back to 1938, produce less fruit, but offer greater complexity to the wines. One set to music, these grape varieties make up the estate's wines' score.
September marks the starts of the harvest. For the last 30 year, around 40 pickers have joined us annually, from a village in northern Portugal, to help harvest the fruit of a year labour. Two new vat rooms built in 2015, one with concrete vats, the orther with stainless steel ones, house the year's harvest. The wine is then aged in oak barrels for several months.