In 1999, an unlikely love story was kindled. Baron Eric de Rothschild of Lafite-Rothschild felt a coup de coeur – a sudden passion – for a property in Languedoc’s Corbières: Château d’Aussières (170 hectares of vines amid 600ha of garrigue and mountain forest).
The matchmaker was the French bank Crédit Agricole. ‘My father,’ says Saskia de Rothschild, Baron Eric’s 36-year-old daughter and today the president of Domaines Barons de Rothschild, ‘is very much someone who works in the spirit of intuition and coups du coeur. It’s his way of handling things. He fell in love with the rough kind of nature there and its extraordinary, atypical potential.’