Chateau Lafite Rothschild has the same standing in the wine world as St. Andrews in golf or Wimbledon in tennis.
Living in a winegrowing area has made us aware that a knowledge of the history of wine is absolutely essential to a better understanding of modern wine culture.
Wine has an exciting, storied past which even today exerts a powerful influence upon global markets.
A case in point is the history of the world's most famous wine estate, Chateau Lafite Rothschild, whose symbiotic connections to world affairs, politics and finance over past centuries -- and the significant participation of people such as Thomas Jefferson -- have greatly formed our planet's contemporary wine scene, regardless of the wine you may call your own.
When you enjoy a glass of wine from Chateau Lafite Rothschild, you are not simply imbibing a refreshment masterfully grown, made and bottled, but you are in a real sense "drinking history", the history that eventually led to a gigantic beverage culture and industry in our modern day.
See the History of Chateau Lafite Rothschild at the wine estate website.
There are reasons why "newer" wines, regardless of how good they are, have a hard time competing with traditional marks of excellence.
Only with such knowledge can one start to comprehend the aura that surrounds a "wine of significance". The "taste" is only the beginning.