To prepare for the future of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), Jean-Guillaume Prats will be joining the executive management of the Group during the first months of 2018 to succeed to Christophe Salin, the current President and CEO, on the 31st of March 2018. In order to ensure continuity and a smooth transition, Christophe Salin will become Senior Advisor of the Group.
After having managed Cos d’Estournel for 14 years, Jean-Guillaume Prats has been, since 2013, the President/CEO of the Wine Division of Louis-Vuitton Moët-Hennessy (LVMH) which encompasses 15 estates in 8 countries.
At the time of this succession, Saskia de Rothschild will take over the chairmanship of DBR. Co-chairman of Lafite alongside her father Eric de Rothschild for the last two years, she had, before then, been following the technical aspects of the Group’s estates since 2008. Graduated from HEC Paris and Columbia University, she started her career as a journalist at the International New York Times in Paris and West Africa.
Baron Eric de Rothschild is to remain Managing partner of Chateau Lafite. He commented: “Christophe Salin and I have spent more than thirty 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!”
About DBR (Lafite)
Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) have based their development in the crafts of the vine and of wine. Around Château Lafite Rothschild, the Group has grown with the successive acquisition of Château Duhart-Milon (Grand Cru Classé in Pauillac), Château Rieussec (Premier Grand Cru Classé in Sauternes) and Château L’Évangile (Pomerol).
In parallel, it has expanded outside the Bordeaux region: Viña Los Vascos (Chile, 1988), Domaine d’Aussières (Languedoc, 1999), Bodegas CARO (Argentina, 1999) and China since 2008 with the development of a vineyard in the region of Penglai. The Group has also produced Légende and Saga, a range of Bordeaux wines.
With 1 200 hectares of their own vineyards, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) work with a worldwide network of more than 80 distributors.