Château Lafite-Rothschild is a powerhouse in terms of brand and reputation and presently commands the highest prices amongst its first growth peers. Lafite is the largest of the first growths both in area and production and occupies the northern tip of Pauillac close to the border with Saint Estèphe in the Médoc.
Evidence of the existence of wine-making on the site of Lafite dates from the 14th century and records of the wine itself date from 1641. Château Lafite was purchased by Baron James de Rothschild, a member of the famous banking family, in 1868 and has been presided over by Eric de Rothschild since 1974.
Within the Pauillac appellation, Lafite is often considered the most elegant, feminine wine when compared to the masculine Latour and the exotic fruitiness of Mouton Rothschild. Since the 1980s, Lafite has produced great vintages on a regular basis and has become the favourite wine of Asia. Used as a good luck charm during business transactions in China, this iconic wine will continue to dominate the market for years to come.
The second wine of Lafite is Carruades de Lafite.