One of the largest and celebrated wine groups in the world, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), or DBF (Lafite), is best known for producing quality red wines and vintages. According to official release, the first known reference of Lafite dates back to 1234, “with a certain Gombaud de Lafite, abbot of the Vertheuil Monastery north of Pauillac, and Lafite’s mention as a medieval fief dates to the 14th century.”
The name Lafite comes from the word “la hite” in the Gascon language, which means “hillock” and it was believed that there were already vineyards on the property at the time when the Ségur family organised the estate in the 17th century. More important, Jacques de Ségur was credited with the planting of the Lafite vineyard in the 1670s and in the early 1680s. The descendants of Jaques de Ségur continued to refine the winemaking techniques of the estate and the produce was enjoyed by the higher echelon of the European society. In 1868, Baron James de Rothschild purchased the First Growth-classified Bordeaux Estate and continued building his empire with the acquisition of Château Duhart-Milon (Pauillac, Fourth Growth) in 1962. Twelve years on, Baron Eric de Rothschild took over the reins of DBF (Lafite) and expanded its portfolio with Château Rieussec (Sauternes, First Growth) in 1984, Château L’Evangile (Pomerol) in 1990 and Languedoc-Roussillon with Château D’Aussières in Corbières in 1999. Since then DBF (Lafite) has continued building its empire by buying over Viña Los Vascos in Chile, Bodegas Caro in Argentina as well as establishing a vineyard in Shandong, China.
Today, most of Lafite’s vineyard is organic, and it now has nine experimental biodynamic hectares. Besides producing extraordinary vintages, DBF (Lafite) also produces The Collection, which includes the Les Légendes R and also represents the Médoc and Pauillac, Bordeaux Rouge and Blanc as well as distributes wines from Château Paradis Casseuil and Château Odilon.
DBR (Lafite) Les Légendes R
Renowned worldwide for setting the gold standard for wines, DBR (Lafite) continues its excellent quality control with its Les Légendes R collection. With a technical team that resolutely and tirelessly supervising the vinification of the grapes from some of the best Bordeaux terriors, expect finesse, elegance and balance from its Les Légendes R offerings such as the Pauillac and Médoc.
DBR (Lafite) Domaine D’Aussières
Located at an exceptional locale with great climate — wind from the sea, ample sun and just enough rain — Domaine D’Aussières has been producing wines since the Roman empire, when the Narbonne province was the main wine supplier of Rome.
When the Rothschild family acquired the estate, rehabilitation work was implemented, transforming 167 hectares of the property by planting carefully selected traditional Languedoc grape varieties: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan, complemented by Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay. Today, D’Aussières has some of the most exquisite selection of fine wines in the world.
Why Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) wines are winning the world over by Chee Boon Tan first appeared on PrestigeOnline Singapore.