From the vines to the cellar
« Médoc » means "amid the waters", a strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Gironde estuary to the east. The Medoc is a one-of-a-kind terroir which you need to understand if you want to get the most out of it, an exceptional and demanding terroir. At Lafon-Rochet, 41 hectares of vines cover two outcrops in Saint-Estèphe. On one side, gravel ensures excellent natural drainage; on the other, clay regulates and excess or lack of water, providing the vines with what they need.
"Working our vineyard is a daily endeavour, a lifetime commitment"
The vineyard is planted mostly with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, together with small parcels of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot which, is some years, will suprise us.The vines used for our First Wine are at least 35 years old. The oldest, some dating back to 1938, yiels less fruit but lend greater complexity to the wines. Theses varieties are the instruments that the winemaker uses to compose the scrore of the vintage. September marks the starts of the harvest. For the last 30 year, about 40 pickers have come from a village in northern Portugal to gather the fruit, the result of a year's work. Two new vat-rooms built in 2015, one with concrete vats, the orther with stainless steel, welcome the year's harvest. The wine is then matured in oak barrels for several months.