While the first known reference to Lafite dates back to Gombaud de Lafite in 1234, Baron James de Rothschild purchased Château Lafite in 1868 and it has remained under Rothschild family ownership since. Just 3 months after his purchase of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), Baron James passed away thereby leaving Lafite as a joint property of his three sons: Alphonse, Gustave and Edmond. At that time there were approximately 185 acres of Chateau Lafite vineyards planted. Château Lafite Rothschild is one of only four classified first growths and thus earned the Premier Cru designation according to our Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) wine reviews. In 1946 the Rothschild family handed over the reigns of Château Lafite to Baron Elie de Rothschild and began acquiring various Bordeaux estates under the Domaines Barons de Rothschild family including Château Duhart-Milon, Château Rieussec (a 1st growth wine classified in 1855 & Sauternes), Château l'Evangile and Château Peyre-Lebade. For more information on the various Domaines Barons de Rothschild wines be sure to check out our Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) wine ratings below.