Presently, Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is one of the largest in the Medoc region of France. It produces approximately 45,000 cases annually, with as many as 25,000 of these cases from the first growth, and includes the grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet, and Petit Verdo.
Purchased on August 8, 1868 by Baron James Mayer Rothschild, the Chateau has been in the family for nearly one hundred and forty years and Elie made sure it would stay that way. After nearly thirty years as the leader of the vineyard, Elie handed the reins of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild in 1974 to his nephew, Eric de Rothschild.
With Elie's passing, the world of wine has lost one of its greatest allies. But, at least we know that the Bordeaux in heaven has just gotten a little bit better. We also know that Baron Elie de Rothschild's legacy will live on, as if safely corked in a bottle.