Deemed a 1st growth in 1855. Lafite has been enshrined in the 1855 classification which was the first prime. The estate was purchased in 1868 by Baron James de Rothschild, who was then the richest man in France. His cousin Nathaniel bought Mouton in 1853. The heirs of Baron James are still the owners of Lafite Rothschild. On a rare terroir in Medoc (limestone bedrock), Lafite Rothschild is distinguished by a delicate finesse and an expression that reaches heights of complexity with age. Led by Charles Chevallier, who arrived in 1995, the wines have gained even more structure.