Château Lafite has a rich and fascinating history. The first reference dates back to the year 1234. The name “Lafite” comes from a Gascon word meaning “small hill,” describing its plateau, which is one of the highest points in the appellation. In the 17th century, the viticultural reputation of the place began its expansion under the guidance of Jacques de Ségur, who was responsible for the vineyards we know today as Château Lafite. In the early 18th century, Lafite wine was sold in London, where it was reported to be the favorite of the Prime Minister, Robert Walpole, who was rumored to have purchased barrels from 1732 and 1733. In France, Lafite became known as the “Wine of the King” after being presented to King Louis XV in Versailles by Marshal Richelieu.
Located in the Pauillac wine region in Bordeaux, France, Château Lafite was founded as we know it today in 1868 by Baron James de Rothschild. The estate has cultivated a tradition of excellence and maintained a leading position in the industry for over 150 years. The property spans 112 hectares, where high-quality grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot are cultivated. With a focus on sustainability and innovation, Domaine Barons de Rothschild combines traditional techniques with modern technology to produce wines of the highest quality and elegance. As the flagship “Château Lafite Rothschild,” it is recognized as one of the most iconic and expensive wines in the world. This wine is crafted from carefully selected grapes from a small vineyard plot within the estate and undergoes fermentation in French oak barrels for a period of 18 to 20 months before bottling.