Lafite, as one of the five famous chateaux in Bordeaux, France, has a long history. In 1354, it was founded in Boyile Village. Lafite is known as the “queen” of the wine kingdom because of its outstanding floral and fruity aroma, mellow and elegant. Despite centuries of changes, Lafite Vineyard has been adhering to the pious spirit of alcoholism and strict technical standards, and has maintained the quality and reputation of Lafite as the world’s top wine.
In 1354, Lafite Winery was founded in Boyile Village.
In the 14th century, Lafite Winery has become quite famous, and its products are the best wine in the cups of the nobles of Versailles Palace.
In the 17th century, French nobles from palace to common people basically drank Burgundy wine, while Louis XV’s mistress Bombardier was fond of Lafite. Since then, Lafite has become the best thing in the cups of Paris Versailles Palace nobles. After Rafael entered the British market in the early 18th century, he was soon collected by many British alcoholics. During 1732-1733, Robert Walpole, the first British prime minister, bought a barrel of Rafael every three months on average.
In 1855, the French government gave the winery its only rating so far, ranking four first-class wineries, while Lafite ranked first.
At Christie’s auction in London in 1985, a bottle of 1787 Lafite signed by Thomas Jefferson, then President of the United States, was bought by Malcolm Forbes, owner of Forbes magazine, for 105,000 pounds. As a result, the Lafite still holds the record of the world’s most expensive bottle of wine until 2012.
Only 2-3 vines can produce a bottle of red wine in Lafite Winery. The annual output of the whole winery is controlled at 2-30,000 boxes (12 in each box, 750 mL each). Due to the shortage of supply and demand, the reservation of Lafite is made half a year before the grapes are ripe, and each guest can only book 20 cases at most. And the long-standing Rafi wine is rare in the world, so it is enthusiastically sought after by wine collectors. For example, at Christie’s Auction in London in 1985, a bottle of 1787 Lafite was auctioned at a high price of 105,000 pounds, setting and maintaining the world record for the most expensive wine ever sold, unlike previous top wine auctions. It is understood that in May 2012, a box of 12 bottles of Lafite Villa Red Wine was launched in 2008 at a price of 1,950 pounds, which soared to 3,500 pounds in just two months.