It was the then ubiquitous Ségur family that organised the vine planting at Lafite in the late 17th century. And the market found for this new wine - claret - was initially an English one. In the 18th century, aided by the social circles in which owner Nicolas-Alexandre de Ségur moved and the passionate patronage of such luminaries as the Maréchal de Richelieu, Lafite gained popularity with ruling classes. However, the tenure of the Ségur family ended with the execution of the owner after the revolution. The estate was offered for sale and bought by a Dutch merchant. Thereafter it changed hands a few times before an extended period under the ownership of a single family: the Vanleberghes. In 1868 the estate was bought by Baron James de Rothschild and the family has owned Lafite ever since.
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Case of 6 Magnums
price shown is under bond
duty paid price: £9,290.45
"It is still sporting a lot of cedar at this nascent stage with a vibrant core of black raspberries, red currants and crushed plums plus touches of cigar boxes, violets and underbrush with a waft of tilled loam. Medium-bodied and elegantly styled with wonderful freshness and depth, it is compellingly earthy/minerally in the mouth with a frame of seductively silky yet very firm tannins and culminating in a very long, racy and pure finish. Boasting spectacular finesse and packed with nuances, clearly, given some of the challenges here in 2015, this is a masterpiece of diligence in the vineyards, careful selection and very clever crafting—bravo!" Lisa Perrotti-Brown
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