Château Lafite-Rothschild

I suspect many readers will be able to reel off the 1855 classification from memory; if you drink and taste enough of these wines over the years, eventually it sticks. But if you’re not one of these individuals then I am sure you would still be able to produce a list of the four first growths (or rather five, taking into account the promotion of Mouton-Rothschild in 1973). We have Château Margaux, the somewhat out-of-place Château Haut-Brion, and then the big three, all based in Pauillac. These are the aforementioned Château Mouton-Rothschild, Château Latour and Château Lafite-Rothschild.

Château Lafite-Rothschild

The order in which we list these first growths might not seem important today, and perhaps the scores given to their wines by influential critics are of more interest to savvy consumers than an outdated, antiquated classification. Fair enough. Nevertheless, before we go on to explore Château Lafite-Rothschild in all its glory, its origins, history, owners, controversies, vineyards and wines, there is one little fact about this estate’s ranking in 1855 that we should perhaps dwell on for a moment.

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