The Bordeaux blend has been copied with considerable success in many other wine regions, the ultimate compliment. The Left Bank of the Gironde River boasts the great Chateaux of the Medoc and Graves, whilst on the Right Bank, Saint Emilion (arguably the most beautiful commune) and Pomerol. Bordeaux is synonymous with the finest quality, predominantly in red wines though great dry whites are made in the Pessac Leognan, and most wine lovers will strive to taste the sweet white wines of Chateau Yquem and its neighbouring Chateau in Sauternes and Barsac.
The second wine of Chateau Lafite is made from the the vines of the plateau called Carruades, a group of plots ajacent to Lafites best vineyards, bought by the family in 1845. The higher Merlot content brings the wines to maturity much earlier than the first wine.
Mouton Rothschild became a first growth in 1973 due to the extraordinary dedication and hard work of Baron Philippe de Rothschild. His pioneering approach is epitomised in the decision since 1945 to commission a different artist to design the label for each new vintage, payment for which is reputedly offered in the shape of five cases of the bottled wine.