Baron Eric de Rothschild replaced by daughter at Chateau Lafite
Saskia de Rothschild will replace her father at Chateau Lafite, the estate has confirmed, while CEO Christophe Salin will make way for LVMH’s Jean-Guillaume Prats.
Saskia has acted as co-director of the group for the last two years. She graduated from HEC Paris and Colombia University, and began her career as a journalist with the International New York Times.
She becomes the second female head of Bordeaux’s five grand cru estates – Corinne Mentzelopoulos heads up Chateaux Margaux.
Elsewhere in the business, Jean-Guillaume Prats will take over the day-to-day management of the company, with longstanding president Christophe Salin taking a role as senior advisor. Eric de Rothschild will remain a managing partner. All transitions are expected to be underway by March next year.
de Rothschild commented: “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. 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!”