Famous First Growths of Bordeaux
When talking about French fine wines, the five Bordeaux 1st Growth(s) must come to your mind, especially the well-known winery Lafite Rothschild. Let’s get to know the characteristics of theses 1st Growth(s)!
Lafite is blessed with a fantastic terroir in the northern part of Pauillac. The Grand Vin vineyard locates on a plateau, with many vines that are over 50 years old. Lafite tastes like “An iron fist in a velvet glove” with aromas of blackcurrant and cigar.
Lafite is world-famous not only because of its incredible quality but also its price history at auction from time to time. For example, a 1787 Lafite has made the world record auction price of approximately US$156,000 for a single bottle of wine!
Chateau Mouton Rothschild is located in the commune of Pauillac, in the Medoc. It is the only winery elevated from 2nd Growth(s) to 1st Growth(s) status. With its gravelly soil, the vines give elegant, powerful, richly tannic and long-lived wines. Since 1945, Mouton Rothschild has established a tradition of inviting the most celebrated artists of their day, including Miró, Picasso and Dali to create its wine labels, making the wines more valuable to collect.
Chateau Latour is located in the heart of the Médoc wine region, which has been the leading proponents of sustainable development among the 1st Growth(s). The entire vineyard of Latour was certified as being 100% organic in 2019. Its heart of the vineyard, L’Enclos, is farmed biodynamically and became one of the largest areas of biodynamics in Bordeaux. Chateau Latour’s Grand Vin is made exclusively from “vieilles vignes”, an average of 60 years old, in the L’Enclos. Chateau Latour's wines are very robust and energetic while the bouquet and impressions on tasting gradually evolve, becoming increasingly complex.