CHANEL purchased Château Rauzan-Ségla in April 1994 and immediately started a full renovation programme. The vineyard has been drained — a 15-kilometre network is now in place, two parcels of Petit Verdot were planted and three hectares of vines were grafted over with Merlot.
Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, a leading Pauillac 2éme Cru Classé estate, is one of Bordeaux's most illustrious "super seconds". In 1987 it was bought by the AXA Millésimes Group, who also own Cantenac-Brown, Petit-Village, and Suduiraut.
"Palmer can be as profound as many first growths, and in vintages such as ... 1995, 2001, 2004 and 2005, it can be better than many of them.
Château Pichon Longueville Lalande is one of the most important Super Seconds and this 2ème Cru Classé Pauillac estate has made tremendous strides in the last 20 years. This is largely due to the energy, drive and ambition of May-Eliane de Lenquesaing, who took over the property in 1978.
Originally known as Château Brane-Mouton before its purchase by Nathaniel de Rothschild in 1853, Mouton Rothschild is a wine that can safely be said to have gone up in the world. It was originally given only "second growth" status in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification (allegedly because the vineyard was owned by an Englishman). However, after extensive lobbying by owner Baron Philip...
With wine production beginning in the 16th century — or possibly even earlier — Château Margaux has a venerable history. It was one of only four wines to acquire first growth status in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification.