Château Lafont Menaut takes its name from "La Fontaine de Menaut", a fountain found on the estate. The château is located 15 kilometres south of Bordeaux in the village of Martillac, in the heart of the Pessac-Léognan appellation.
In the 18th century, the land was part of the adjoining Rochemorin estate. At this time, it was owned by Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, who was not only a famous writer, but also a winegrower.
The vineyard consists of a series of superb gravel outcrops. 15 years ago, Philibert Perrin, from a family of winegrowers owning Château Carbonnieux (among other estates), undertook an extensive replanting programme, breathing new life into the vineyard. The 17 hectares of vines have not only fine soil, but also outstanding sun exposure.
Both white and red wines are aged in oak barrels, which gives them finesse and complexity. The white wine is fresh and fruity. Although enjoyable young, the Sémillon grapes and barrel ageing mean that it can also improve in bottle.
The red wines develop a beautiful bouquet reminescent of red fruit (blackcurrant, blackberry etc.) Cabernet Sauvignon provides them with a tannic richness that is highlighted by the "smoky" taste typcal of wines from the Pessac-Léognan appellation.