Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Mouton Rothschild in Pauillac

7 December 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  9 minutes

Chateau Lafite © Ken Case

Chateau Lafite © Ken Case

Château Lafite Rothschild

Château Lafite-Rothschild and Château Mouton Rothschild are legendary wine estates located in the village of Pauillac in the Médoc, 50 km (30 mi) north-west of the city of Bordeaux. Their red wines of the same names are regarded as one of the world’s greatest clarets. Château Lafite-Rothschild was the property of Gombaud de Lafite in 1234. In the 17th century, the property of Château Lafite was purchased by the Ségur family, including the 16th century manor house that still stands. Although vines almost certainly already existed on the site, around 1680, Jacques de Ségur planted the majority of the vineyard. The estate is owned by members of the Rothschild family since the 19th century. The name Lafite comes from the Gascon term “la hite” meaning “small hill”.   read more…

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