A HISTORY OF PASSIONS
Since the 17th century, there have been ten successive generations of owners, each of them leaving their own particular mark on the history of Château Lascombes. Along the way, there have been many colourful characters, and all of them have sought to attain the highest levels of excellence in the wines of Château Lascombes.
THE KNIGHT OF LASCOMBES
A central figure in the history of Château Lascombes was Knight Antoine de Lascombes. As well as being the château’s first recorded owner, it was he who gave Lascombes its name. Born in 1625, he was to forge the destiny of the estate. One of his descendants, Jean-François de Lascombes, a councillor at the Bordeaux parliament, Crown Prosecutor at the Admiralty and member of the Academy, dedicated his fortune to the upkeep of the château and most particularly to enhancing the quality of its wines. In 1855, Château Lascombes was ranked as a Second Classified Growth in the classification of the Grand Crus Classés.
In 1952, Alexis Lichine, both château owner and Bordeaux merchant, and an excellent taster widely respected by his peers, bought the château and completely overhauled it. Under his leadership, the estate enjoyed a golden era, and its renown spread around the world. Writing several works on wine and travelling widely, he sought passionately to make Château Lascombes a wine of the very highest order.
A man of experience and a highly-reputed winemaker, Dominique Befve took charge of Château Lascombes in 2001. His years spent previously at great estates such as Lafite-Rothschild in Pauillac paved the way for his future post at Château Lascombes. Under his management, the vineyard was restructured, and the wine-making methods were completely rethought, leading to the introduction of more modern, high-performing wine-making equipment.
In 2011, the MACSF became the new owners when they bought Château Lascombes from Colony Capital. They immediately sought to take the quality of the wines to even greater heights and thereby gain permanent recognition for the fine work begun by the estate’s first owners. Marcel Kahn, MACSF’s General Manager, is today the Managing.
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