Château Lascombes is one of largest estates in Médoc (its vineyards cover 118 hectares, representing around 12 percent of the appellation) and is situated in Margaux. It is ranked as a Second Classified Growth in the classification of the Grand Crus Classés. In addition to this wine, a second wine is also produced under the name ‘Chevalier de Lascombes’. The name Lascombes comes from the château’s first recorded owner, a knight named Antoine de Lascombes. The ownership of the Château has changed a number of times over the years – In 1951 it was bought by Alexis Lichine, a famous Russian-American wine writer and entrepreneur. In 1971, Lichine sold Château Lascombes to British drinks group Bass Charrington who then sold it onto American company Colony Capital in 2001, before finally falling back in French hands with the sale to French insurance group MACSF in 2011. The estate has been run by director Dominique Befve since 2001 and it comes as no surprise with his experience of 10 years as technical director of Châteaux Lafite Rothschild and Duhart-Milon followed followed by L’Evangile in Pomerol. The Lascombes blend is made up of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, and the wine is aged in oak barriques (60% new) for 18 months.