In 1893, Henry Raba, descendent of an illustrious Bordeaux family of ship builders and wine merchants would purchase the Chateau Larcis Ducasse. His passion would incite him to invest a significant part of his fortune to maintain the vineyard in terrace form and to equip the chateau with a gravity managed cellar that was at the cutting edge of technology for that period. In 1898, the renowned Cocks and Féret guide outlined that Mr. Raba had recently constructed a large winemaking cellar with a wine press that would roll along rails on the second floor where the “harvest carriages” arrived.