In 1815, Mr. Lawton in the journal of the brokerage firm of the same name establishes a first classification of the Cru Medoc that will be very close to the 1855 ranking. Lafite is already at the top: “I classified as possessing the most elegance and delicacy and the finest sap of the three [first wines] “. He added, “The position of its vines is one of the most beautiful in the Medoc”. The vintage 1834 was very successful, 1841 and especially 1846 excellent. The classification of classified growths for the Exposition Universelle in Paris, in 1855, officially recognized, not without some intrigues and Parisian events, the place of Lafite as the “first of the first wines”. This ranking would be the point of reference for an era of unprecedented prosperity for the Medoc. Among the vintages of this period are the 1847, 1848, 1858, 1864, 1869, 1870 and 1876 in particular.
Region: Bordeaux, France
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot