National Geographic : 1980 Aug
Owners offabled wine chdteaus includeformer U. S. Secretary of the Treasury Douglas Dillon (bottom left) and his sister,of Chdteau Haut-Brion.The neatly manicured estate produces some 150,000 bottles of wine a year. The wines of Chateau Lafite, now directed by Eric de Rothschild (bottom right), consoled Napoleon, who requested eight bottles for his exile on Elba. Owner of Chdteau Prieurd-Lichine, authorof three books, and wine's evangelist,Alexis Lichine (far left) unabashedly proclaims, "I converted America to wines!" As elegant as the wine bearing its name, ChdteauMargaux belongs to LauraMentzelopoulos (left) and her husband,Andre, who are restoringthe mansion to its 19th-century splendor. The vineyards themselves know no hierarchy and recognize only the devotion of the vignerons who tend them. The family names of those who work the soil often remain the same for generations.