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At the beginning of the 20th century, the Arnauds founded the "Societe Civile du Chateau Petrus", the shares of which Madame Loubat began to acquire in 1925. By the end of World War II, Madame Loubat was the sole proprietor of Chateau Petrus. At this time the establishment of Jean-Pierre- Moueix, a company of wine merchants from Libourne, had the monopoly for its distribution. In 1961, Chateau Petrus went to Madame Loubats nephew and niece: Madame Lacoste and Monsieur Lignac. Since then, Jean-Pierre Moueix has bought Monsieur Lignac's shares.

Nowadays Pétrus is considered to be the most interesting of the Pomerols.

 

A tiny 4.5-hectare Pomerol property located opposite Pétrus and producing wines of comparable quality. Lafleur is owned and run by Sylvie and Jacques Guinadeau. Its vineyards are situated on the gravel-rich Pomerol plateau and adjoin those of La Fleur-Pétrus. The soils here are particularly deep and are enriched by deposits of potassium and iron. Only natural fertilisers are used and yields are painfully low, even by Pomerol standards.

Lafleur's wine is typically a blend of Merlot (50%) and Cabernet Franc (50%). It is aged in small oak barrels (50% new) for 18 months. Wines from Lafleur display a spectacularly intense perfume (partly attributable to the high percentage of Cabernet Franc in the blend) and display layers and layers of concentrated, black fruits, minerals, tobacco spices and creamy liquorice on the palate. The best vintages can last for up to 50 years.

For more information: http://www.moueix.com/

Hosanna's vineyards lie adjacent to those of Petrus, Lafleur, Vieux Château Certan. Château Hosanna has a significant amount of 40-year old Cabernet Franc vines which are planted on 30% of the vineyard. The wine is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Christian Moueix believes that the fine, gravelly soil and high percentage of Cabernet Franc give Hosanna the potential to be the Cheval Blanc-style wine in his portfolio.

For more information: http://www.moueix.com/

Bélair has a history which may be traced back with confidence as far as the Middle Ages. Robert de Knollys, a man who went on to become Grand Sénéchal de Guyenne and it was his descendents that established viticulture at Belair. It was sold in 2008 to J P Moueix, in the shape of father-and-son team Christian and Edouard. Within months of purchase, the Moueix family renamed the estate Bélair-Monange. This new suffix is in honour of Anna-Adèle Monange (1887-1972), the wife of Jean Moueix who moved to St Emilion from Paris in 1931.

Style: Primarily Merlot, boasts a dense purple color as well as raspberry fruit notes intermixed with a liqueur of powdered rocks. With abundant fruit, minerality, size, substance, personality and extraordinary individuality, this stunningly concentrated St.-Emilion is a tour de force in great winemaking. It will need 4-5 years of cellaring and should keep for 25-30 years.

For more information: http://www.moueix.com/

This property acquired in 1953, is located on the northern border of Pomerol’s plateau and it produces Merlot - 95%, Cabernet Franc - 5%. This small property located on the famous plateau of Pomerol next to the church was bought in 1953 by Ets. Jean-Pierre MOUEIX. Château Lagrange belongs to the round, supple and flattering wines typical of Pomerol and can be enjoyed after 3 to 5 years of cellaring.

Style: A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Following on from Gruaud this sample does not seem so expressive on the nose at first, despite the wine's vibrant crimson appearance. Given time in the glass though it soon reveals some light, pretty, perfumed fruit with a floral edge. Rather a touch of cream at the start on the palate, with a supple and slightly fat feel to it in the middle, with charcoaly-grainy tannins coming in.

For more information: http://www.moueix.com/

This property has been with the Vayron family for 6 generations. Its wines are generally solid, plum and sturdy with richness and substance. This is a lesser known Pomerol estate whose wines are of excellent value and of consistently high quality.

For more information: http://www.moueix.com/

The Guinaudeau family has owned and lived in Château Grand Village since 1650, and owned Château Lafleur since 1872 when it was founded by Henri Greloud, great-great-grandfather of Jacques Guinaudeau. In 1984 the leasehold for Grand Village was passed on to Jacques Guinaudeau and his wife Sylvie who continue to look after the estate and became sole owners in 2001. Their home remains Grand Village, where they have made tremendous efforts to up the quality of the wine to be a worthy stablemate to Lafleur. Both a Bordeaux blanc and rouge are produced each year, classified as Bordeaux Supérieur. The grapes are carefully selected according to the quality of the harvest and any rejected fruit is sold off as generic Bordeaux.

For more information: http://www.moueix.com/

Chateau Lafite Rothschild

The quality of Château Lafite Rothschild needs no introduction. As early as 1815, Abraham Lawton had already designated it as leader: “I ranked it as being the most elegant and delicate, with the finest body of the three (leading wines)” he qualified in 1855. As to Château Lafite's attributes found in all vintages, it was an enlightened amateur that summed it up best by saying “...whatever the case, all the Château Lafite wines have an almond and violet aroma!”

For more information: www.lafite.com/

Chateau Duhart - Milon

The fine wine from Château Duhart-Milon is often described as a classic version of the Pauillac appellation. It has a distinguished and reserved character. The courtier Abraham Lawton noted as early as 1815 that “it has firm taste, a fine colour, and a pronounced sap”.This strong personality of Château Duhart-Milon remains accurate today.

For more information: www.lafite.com/

L'Evangile

The fine wine from Château L’Evangile is described in an old edition of “Grand vins de Bordeaux” (Dussault Press) as “...full and elegant wines, with an unmistakable finesse and bouquet.” For many fans, the subtle and elegant quality is indeed the mark of this wine.

For more information: www.lafite.com/




 

Rieussec

For several generations, Château Rieussec has been a leading name in Sauternes wines. As early as 1868, Charles Cocks remarked that “Beyond any of the others, Rieussec produces wines that are very similar to Yquem wines”.

For more information: www.lafite.com/

Legende

Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) has based its reputation on the production of great wines, "Grands crus". As part of such a group and family, the LEGENDE Collection must set a high standard in all appellations. The LEGENDE wines are produced with the same care and attention as Rothschild’s First Wines.

Pauillac and Médoc wines come from both DBR (Lafite) and neighbouring vineyards. For the two Bordeaux appellations, the technical team selects the vineyards and plots and supervises the vinification of the grapes from partner suppliers. The Bordeaux red and white wines come from the most successful areas of the Bordeaux region: Êntre-Deux-Mers, Côtes de Bordeaux and Côtes de Blaye.

For more information: www.lafite.com/

Château d'Aussières has made wine since the Roman era, a period when the great properties of the «Roman Province of Narbonne» were registered in the land registry and became the main wine suppliers to Rome. In the year 92, the Edict of the Domitius Emperor, put a halt to this by requiring the massive uprooting of vineyards in order to protect Roman production. The prosperity of the Languedoc’s wine-growing activity disappeared with the collapse of the Roman Empire and the ensuing battles between Visigoths, Franks and Arabs over the territory.

A new, entirely renovated, winery has been built at Château d'Aussières. State-of-the-art technology, from harvest to bottling is now at the service of fine wine production.

For more information: www.lafite.com/

Château Peyre-Lebade wines feature the fruity and fleshy characteristics specific to the Haut-Médoc appellation. They are nonetheless distinguished by the high Merlot content, which makes them particularly supple.

As of that date, Château Peyre-Lebade would undergo great changes in cultivation and quality under the direction of Baron Edmond. The vineyards were also drained and then replanted, and the buildings were renovated and completed by new constructions. Château Peyre-Lebade is now an integral part of Baron Benjamin (son of Edmond) de Rothschild’s properties. Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) handles the marketing of its wines.

For more information: www.lafite.com/

 
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