Jacky Lorenzetti clocks up third Classified Growth with Lafon-Rochet

Wednesday September 15 2021 by Vitisphere

 The property has belonged to the Tesseron family since 1960. The property has belonged to the Tesseron family since 1960. - Photo credit : Château Lafon-Rocher

The news, announced on September 9 to clients of Château Lafon-Rochet – the 40.5-hectare, 1855-classified Saint-Estèphe Grand Cru – came as a surprise to the entire Bordeaux wine industry. The Tesseron family is currently negotiating the sale of its property to the Lorenzetti family. The transaction, which still has to go through administrative procedures, is likely to be finalised by the end of 2021.

Everything is going ahead in a very orderly fashion”, says Basile Tesseron, until now head of Château Lafon-Rochet. He will be leaving the property handed down by his father, Michel Tesseron, to focus on the estate belonging to his wife, Bérengère Tesseron, Château Larrivaux with its 19 hectares under vine in the Haut-Médoc appellation area. “I will no longer be known as the son of, but rather the husband of”, quips Tesseron.

Businessman Jacky Lorenzetti, owner of the Racing 92 rugby club, is now at the helm of three classified growths on Bordeaux’s left bank. He heads up Châteaux Pédesclaux (1855 Pauillac Grand Cru Classé) and Issan, owning 50% of the 1855 Margaux Grand Cru Classé. He also owns Château Lilian Ladouys, the Saint-Estèphe Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel. The three classified growths now put Jacky Lorenzetti on a par with the Castéja family (Châteaux Batailley, Lynch-Moussas and Trotte Vieille) and the Rothschild family (Châteaux Mouton Rothschild, Clerc Milon and d'Armailhac for one branch; Châteaux Lafite-Rothschild, Duhart-Milon and Rieussec for the other), while Bernard Magrez is still in the lead with his four classified growths.

 

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