While winemaking at the Calon estate dates all the way back to the 12th century, the château really took off in the 18th century when legendary winemaker Nicolas-Alexandre, the Marquis de Ségur — also known as the "prince of vines" — took over the property. The marquis was passionate about this winery, once saying that "I make wine at Lafitte and Latour but...
"Since 1989, Clos du Marquis has been close to the quality of a third or fourth growth."
— Robert Parker
"Suduiraut is undeniably one of the great estates of Sauternes, and has been even more consistent as well as brilliant since its acquisition by AXA."
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.
"At its best, Canon is a splendidly rich, deep and concentrated wine, muscular and full-bodied and when mature, richly fruity, cedary and often magnificient. It remains a mystery why this wine is not better known, because Canon has certainly been one of the top three or four St-Emilions during the decade of the 1980s..."
Château Cheval Blanc, which is translated into 'white horse', has a long, colorful history in St. Emilion that is traced all the way back to 1832. That was the year the Ducasse family purchased land from the much larger estate of Château Figeac. Prior to its rebirth as Cheval Blanc, the vineyard was better known as Le Barrail de Cailloux, which is loosely translated into 't...
"It is increasingly apparent that the simplistic bashing by some wine writers of Gerard Perse and his wines, as well as the 'American taste', is undermining their credibility ... as it should. As each new vintage gets released, consumers can taste Pavie and the other Perse wines and see for themselves how profound Pavie is.
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...
The wine estate of Château Lafite Rothschild has a long and distinguished history. Originally the property of Gombaud de Lafite in the 13th century, it has changed hands many times since.
"This is one of my favourite (and better value) châteaux from the famous Margaux commune.