The Golden Age of Duchâtel
Lagrange’s heyday was between 1842 and 1875, when Count Duchâtel, Home Secretary to King Louis Philippe, was the owner. In 1845 Count Duchâtel commissioned the Italian architect Visconti to build the Tuscan-style tower, adding elegance and singularity to the Château. His visionary avant-garde approach meant Lagrange was awarded the rank of Third Classified Growth in the official 1855 classification.
Assisted by his faithful estate manager, Galos, then also running Mouton Rothschild, Duchâtel took Lagrange to the pinnacle of success and fame.The two men innovated, introducing the use of sulphur to fight powdery mildew and, importantly, were also the pioneers of a new soil drainage system in the vineyard.