Born in Russia, Alexis Lichine (1913-1989) left home with his family before the revolution and grew up in France. After the American prohibition (1920-1933) He worked in the United States for the wine importer and journalist Frank for a few years in the 1930s Schoonmaker (1905-1976).
After the Second World War, he returned to France and worked on wine trade, mainly he sold German and French wines to America and made a name for himself. In the 1950s, he founded a wine trading company in the United States and only sold bottlings from large and important wineries.
He sold it in 1964, began to grow wine himself and wrote books - the first was "The Wines of France". It was a great success, as was the second work “Alexis Lichine's Encyclopedia of Wines and Spirits”. In 1951 he bought the Château Prieuré in the Médoc and named it Château Prieuré-Lichine, A year later he bought that too Chateau Lascombes in Margaux ( Médoc, Bordeaux) that he headed until sale in 1971.