Lafite: first among equals

The Rothschilds’ Château Lafite is the gleaming centrepiece of a vast ecosystem of wineries around the globe

30th October, 2016
Château Lafite in Bordeaux: a genius that defies mere geography

In 1812, an influential but non-binding classification of Bordeaux châteaux placed Château Lafite at the top among a grouping of five great estates. Regular readers will know that we like to find an Irish angle to a wine story, and here it stands out like a polished diamond.

That informal classification was the Lawton Classification, made by Abraham Lawton, part of the powerful Cork Merchant family and owners of the Lawton, Carleton...

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