As one of the original four First Growth Bordeaux designated by the historic 1855 Bordeaux classification, Château Lafite-Rothschild is one of the world’s most prestigious wines. One of the château's earliest and most celebrated fans was King Louis XV, who reportedly preferred Lafite-Rothschild above all other wines. Purchased in 1868 by Baron James de Rothschild, the estate has remained in the hands of the Rothschild family ever since. The term “lafite” apparently is derived from “la hite,” or little hill in one of the regional dialects used in France in the Middle Ages. The domaines Baron de Rothschild also include Château Rieussec, Château L’Evangile, Château Duhart-Milon, and others in France and Argentina. Château Lafite-Rothschild includes 247.1 acres of vineyards planted in 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. The average age of the vines is 40 years. Annual production is 18,000 to 25,000 cases of Château Lafite-Rothschild.