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.
The grand vin of Léoville-Las Cases was classified as one of the original fifteen Deuxièmes Crus (Second Growths) in the 1855 Bordeaux Wine Official Classification. The estate sits right on the northern edge of the Saint-Julien AOC, bordering the vineyards of Château Latour in Pauillac.
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.
In the 14th century, Gaucelme de Castillon built the tower from which Château Latour gets its name, and wine production on the estate also began around this time. The tower is long gone; the wine, however, has gone from strength to strength.
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.