A Changing of the Guard at Bordeaux's Iconic Lafite Rothschild

November 16, 2017

Saskia de Rothschild succeeds her father, Baron Eric, as chairman of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (DBR), while wine-industry veteran Jean-Guillaume Prats becomes president and CEO.

Baron Eric de Rothschild, chairman of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (DBR), the wine company that includes the iconic Bordeaux first-growth Château Lafite Rothschild, has confirmed a once-in-a-generation transition in leadership. In March 2018, Saskia de Rothschild will move into her father's position while Jean-Guillaume Prats will succeed Christophe Salin, the current president and CEO of the company.

"Christophe Salin and I have spent more than 30 years working together on the management of Lafite and the domaines, and I am extremely grateful for what he has achieved during this period," said Baron de Rothschild, in a statement. "We are happy to welcome a new tandem, which will lead the group to new heights and ensure that we continue to make great wines. That's what we do best!" Baron de Rothschild will remain managing partner at Lafite.

The château has been owned by the same branch of the Rothschild family since 1868. Next year will mark the family's 150th anniversary as owners. Eric de Rothschild, 77, took over the chairmanship in 1975. Under his management, the company has expanded significantly. It now owns nearly 3,000 acres of vines, and multiple estates, including Bordeaux châteaus Duhart-Milon, Rieussec and L'Évangile, Domaine d'Aussières in Languedoc, Los Vascos in Chile and Bodegas Caro, a partnership in Argentina.

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