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.
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.
The estate of Château Cos d'Estournel sits right on the southern border of the Saint-Estèphe appellation; just down the road lies Château Lafite Rothschild, in the neighbouring Pauillac commune.