In 1787 Comte Edmond Lafond, a wealthy banking family, acquired from Madame Sophie, the illegitimate daughter of Louis XV the largest winery in Pouilly-sur-Loire. An anecdote says that the white wines of this winery were among the most favored by Napoleon. In 1937 they received the appellation Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC). In 1972, a descendant of Comte Lafond, Baron Patrick de Ladoucette took over the estate. As the first full-time and fully trained winemaker of his family, he was not only able to lead the wines of his house to world renown and make the Pouilly-Fumés virtually indispensable for every top restaurant, but also to enrich the winery with other top products. In 1980, for example, he acquired the Domaine Marc Brédif de Vouvray near Tours, the Domaine Régnard in Chablis in 1985 and the La Poussie vineyard near Sancerre in 1994, where he also brought wine production up to the top. Since then, the estate has produced not only Pouilly Fumés wines but also great Chablis, Sancerres, Vouvrays and Chinons, some of which are among the best of their kind.