Château Lafite Rothschild is a Premier Grand Cru according to the official Bordeaux Wine Classification of 1855. It shares this rare distinction with Château Margaux, Château Latour, Château Mouton Rothschild and Château Haut-Brion. The great wine of Château Lafite Rothschild has no longer to be presented. In 1815, Abraham Lawton already ranked it at the top: "I classified it as possessing the most elegance and delicacy and the finest sap of the three [premiers crus]", a classification confirmed in 1855. As for characterising it, beyond the vintages, let us take up the words of an enlightened wine lover: "...whatever happens, all the wines of Château Lafite smell of almonds and violets!”
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