Château Lafite Rothschild, perhaps the most famous château in the world, is one of the four First Growth status châteaux in the 1855 Classification. It has been owned by the Rothschild family since the 19th century and is producer of one of the world’s most expensive red wines. The most famous of these was a bottle of 1787 sold at auction for $156,000, which was thought to have been owned by Thomas Jefferson. The Château is situated in Pauillac, on the left bank of the Gironde and the name Lafite derives from the Gascon term "la hite" meaning hillock or small hill.
Prior to the Château being owned the Rothschild family, it was passed through a number of owners, until on the 8th August 1868 the Château was purchased by Baron James Mayer Rothschild for 4.4 million francs. Sadly, Rothschild died just three months after purchasing the château and it was inherited by his three sons Alphonse, Gustave, and Edmond. Château Lafite Rothschild has remained in the Rothschild family since, except for 5 years during the Second World War when the château was occupied by the German army and the cellars were pillaged. Since 1974 the Château has been managed by Éric de Rothschild, creating some of the most exceptional vintages, including 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2010.
“I have discovered the wine of Château Lafite to be a delicious, generous cordial, comparable to the ambrosia of the Gods of Olympus”. Maréchal de Richelieu (1755)