To what extent Château Lafite Rothschild is a historic wine?
Lafite's name comes from the Gascon "la hite", i. e. the hillock. There were probably already vines on the property, but it was with the Ségur family in the 17th century that the vineyard was structured and Lafite's reputation as a major wine-producing estate was established. Château Lafite Rothschild is a "premier grand cru" according to the official classification of Bordeaux wines of 1855. He shares this rare distinction with the châteaux Margaux, Latour, Mouton Rothschild and Haut-Brion.
The 114 ha vineyard is divided into three parcels: the hillsides surrounding the castle, the Carruades plateau and a parcel in the neighbouring commune of Saint-Estèphe. The average age of the vines is 39 years, but it should be noted that vines less than 10 years old do not fit into the great wine, which means that the age of the vines producing the great wine is rather around 45 years on average. The cultivation of the vine remains very traditional with little chemical fertilizer and many manual work to promote the quality and good ripening of the grapes. An important particularity is that the barrels are manufactured by the Domaines de Rothschild cooperage itself, which ensures that the barrels are optimally matched.
The grape varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon (70%), Merlot (25%), Cabernet Franc (3%) and Petit Verdot (2%). The fruit of an exceptional terroir, this mythical wine is often considered as the quintessence of the Pauillac family and as "the first of the first". Marked by the Cabernet Sauvignon which gives it its nobility, its aromas are inimitable, its tannic structure subtle and refined.
By the way, the image of this prestigious wine is still shining throughout the world. Indeed, during this summer, while visiting the United States, Kylian Mbappé took the opportunity to offer Lebron James - the basketball champion - a bottle from the Château Lafite Rothschild and not just any bottle, since it is a 1984 vintage, the year the basketball player was born.