Alphonse Rochet bought Château Malbat in 1865 during the reign of Napoleon III, during the phyloxera epidemic. In spite of the fact these were troubled times for the wines of Bordeaux, Alphonse succeeded in building the foundations of the vineyard, which has since been passed on from generation to generation. Today, Fabienne, Martine and Daniel Rochet manage the family estate and intend to pass it on to the next generation. The vineyard stretches across the limetone slopes of La Réole. The oceanic climate brings high levels of both humidity and sunshine, leading to wines with the complex bouquet that is special to Bordeaux.