At a lonely height: the Château Lafite Rothschild
The de Rothschild family's winery is located in Pauillac and borders on the former Château Mouton-Rothschild. The vines of the Lafite de Rothschild winery grow at a height of up to 30 meters in calcareous cultivation areas.
Most of the acreage (71%) is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, while 25% is planted with Merlot. Just 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot also thrive on the slopes of the vineyards.
A vineyard writes history
The name Lafite stands for outstanding quality and has been known since the 13th century. It is reminiscent of the Gascony "la hite", in German the hill. In the 17th century, the Lafite winery was already literally on everyone's lips with wine connoisseurs and lovers. At that time, the Ségur family cultivated the extensive Lafite vineyard under the direction of Jacques Ségur. His heir later married the heiress of another successful winery (Château Latour) and this is how the historic merger of two successful wineries and their ambitious owners came about.
Far from home: Lefite wine goes on a journey
At the beginning of the 18th century, Lafite wine could even be bought at public auctions in London, earning it the name "new French Claret". In France, on the other hand, where Lafite wine is actually cultivated, interest in Bordeaux red wines only arose much later – a fate which Lefite wine shares with some other wines that are prominent today.
As a result, the winemaker Marquis Nicolas Alexandre de Ségur sought innovative winemaking techniques and consistently high quality and ensured that his wines continued to be internationally known outside of France.
With his activities he had made a name for himself as “The Wine Prince”. The wine connoisseur and ambassador Maréchal de Richelieu and later governor of Guyenne actively supported him. From then on, the Lafite wine was even referred to as "The King's Wine". Richelieu himself called him to Louis XV. an "Ambrosia of the Gods of Olympus".
Baron James de Rothschild: A man of taste
More than 100 years later, Baron James de Rothschild acquired the Lafite winery. Since he died a few months later, ownership passed to his sons. Today, the winery is still owned by the winemaker and banker family Rothschild, managed by Saskia de Rothschild, who have been running it with the same love as Jacques Ségur since 2018. The winery covers approximately 178 hectares of land, with 103 hectares of this land holding the winery's first-class wine thriving.
The Lafite wines today
If you decide to buy one of these excellent wines from Lafite Rothschild, you will receive a noble wine that has been allowed to mature in real oak barrels for 20 months. This wine is one of the most exquisite premium wines worldwide - regardless of the variety and vintage.
The deep red Bordeaux wine surprises with a diverse aroma of wild berries or with a subtle note of violets and pleasant acidity.
The longer the wine is stored, the more intensely its aromas develop, which linger on the tongue long after drinking.
One of the most popular varieties is undoubtedly the ruby red Saga Médoc Rouge, made up of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. A hint of liquorice and a subtle cherry aroma ensure a wonderful finish that lives up to the name "Château Lafite Rothschild".