Chateau Lafont Menaut is located at the heart of the Pessac-Leognan appellation, in the town of Martillac, 15 km south of Bordeaux. The vineyard is located near the Crus Classes of Latour-Martillac and Smith-Haut-Lafitte. In the 18th century, les terres de Lafont Menaut, deja plantees en vignes, the lands of Lafont Menaut, already planted with vines, belonged to Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu a famous writer and winemaker. Since 1990, Philibert Perrin, alongside his work on the family estate of Chateau Carbonnieux, has undertaken a replanting programme in order to breathe new life into the ancestral vineyard. The terroir consists of two Garonne gravel outcrops, naturally drained by the Menaut stream, where a fountain that was used as a washhouse in Montesquieu’s time can still be found.
The vineyard, covering 14 hectaresplanted with red vines and 3 hectares planted with white vines, benefits from a good geographical location and exceptional orientation. the red and white wines aged in oak barrels, lending finesse and complexity. The white wines are dry and bold, very fruity. They can be enjoyed young, but barrel-ageing on the lees lends them fleshiness and good cellaring potential. The red wines offer a nose of red fruit (blackcurrant and mulberry), that is also found on the palate. They boast the tannic strength of cabernet sauvignon as well as the smoky touch distinctive of Pessac-Leognan wines.