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Chteau Lafite saviour dies, aged 90

Published:  23 July, 2008

Baron Elie de Rothschild, the man credited with turning round the fortunes of Chteau Lafite in Bordeaux after World War II, has died at the age of 90.

Police have confirmed that Rothschild, a banker by trade, died of a heart attack close to a hunting lodge he owned in Innsbruck, Austria.

He was put in charge of the family estate in 1946, and took credit for a series of wonderful vintages in the 1940s and 1950s.

And once Mouton-Rothschild had been awarded First Growth status, Elie handed control of the wine company to his nephew, Baron Eric de Rothschild.

Elie's wife, Liliane, died in 2003. They are survived by their son and two daughters.