Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Overview

Appellation

Pauillac

 

Classification

Premier Grand Cru Classe (first growth) 1855

Owner
Les Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)

Vineyard Area

112 hectares (277 acres) 

Planted Grapes

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot 2%

Contact

www.lafite.com

 

dbr@lafite.com

 

+33 5 5659 2683 

@LafitRothschild

Map Location

Chateau Lafite Rotschild has been owned by the Barons de Rothschild since its purchase on Aug. 8, 1868 by Baron James de Rothschild, according to the Domaines Barons de Rothschild website lafite.com.

The estate had been put up for sale following the death of Aime-Eugene Vanlerberghe, its previous owner, whose mother Madame Barbe-Rosalie Lemaire had acquired it in 1818. It is currently under the stewardship of Baron Eric de Rothschild, who took it on from his uncle Elie de Rothschild. 

 

The Pauillac vineyard extends over 112 hectares (277 acres). It lies at the northern end of Pauillac and is a close neighbour of Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Chateau Cos d'Estournel.

 

Its second wine is Carruades de Lafite and the same winemaking team are also responsible for neighboring Chateau Duhart Milon, a fourth-growth estate under the same ownership. 

Wines

Carruades

Vineyard

Chateaux

Domaines

Authentication

Lafite Photos

Vineyard

Estate Structure
Three  main areas, comprising slopes surrounding the chateau, the Carruades plateau to the west, and 4.5 hectares (11 acres)  in neighboring Saint Estephe. 

Average Age of Vines

39 years

Soil

The vineyard is made up of deep gravel, combined with aeolian sand on tertiary limestone. It has both good drainage and exposure to sunshine.
 

Location

On the northern end of the Pauillac appellation, just north of the port of Pauillac and close to the Gironde estuary, although on the western  side of the D2 road.

Winery

Fermentation
Fermentation takes place in two vat rooms, one with traditional large oak vats and the other with temperature-controled stainless steel vats.  There is also a dedicated Merlot vat room with concrete tanks ranging from 50 to 125 hectoliters.

Maturation

Aging in barrels from the estate's own cooperage, for 18 to 20 months. Fining with eggwhites.

Second Wine

Carruades de Lafite

Vintage Prices

Prices are from London-based merchant Fine+Rare, in pounds per 12 bottles in bond, unless otherwise indicated. They may also be drawn from surveying websites of the following merchants and brokers, or market comparison websites. If so, the source is indicated. 


AFW        Atlas Fine Wines                             www.atlasfinewines.com
BIX          BI                                                       www.biwine.com
BIL          BI LiveTrade                                     www.biwine.com
BON        Bonham's Auctions                         www.bonhams.com
CHR        Christie's Auctions                          www.christies.com 
FVN        Farr Vintners                                    www.farrvintners.com
FRW       Fine + Rare Wines                            www.frw.co.uk
J&B         Justerini & Brooks                            www.justerinis.com
SOB        Sotheby's Auctions                           www.sothebys.com

WOS       Wine Owners                                     www.wineowners.com
WSC       Wine Searcher                                  www.winesearcher.com
     
While every effort is made to check the accuracy of prices and quantities quoted, they are subject to change on a daily basis and therefore cannot be guaranteed. Prices are intended as reference only and should be cross-checked against original source websites.