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.
Case of 6 Magnums
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"This is a great performance for a Second wine that, let us be honest, 15 years ago was looked down upon and sold cheaply. Here, the 2009 has a very ripe bouquet with breezy dark black plum and boysenberry fruit mingling with orange rind, a touch of bacon fat and even a hint of mango sorbet. The palate is full-bodied with succulent, grippy tannins. There is great weight and volume to this wine, although the acidity keeps everything in check. Smooth and harmonious, turning chalkier in texture towards the finish, this is a complex 2009 Pauillac that should age well. Tasted January 2013." Neal Martin
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