The Rothschild family has been producing wine in Bordeaux since 1868. For six generations, they got to know this beautiful landscape and understand the unique traits of the vines from each appellation. Three decades ago, the family was inspired to create a new wine series, where each wine would be the epitome of the appellation it came from. Their motivation was simple: to ensure wine lovers everywhere could dive into Bordeaux and taste the originality of each appellation. And so, the Les Légendes range was born.
Owner of Château Lafite Rothschild for five generations, the Rothschild family has been associated with the vineyards of Bordeaux since 1868 and today owns Châteaux Lafite Rothschild, Duhart-Milon, L’Evangile and Rieussec. In addition to the wines produced from their prestigious vineyards, the Barons de Rothschilds have for many years created a range of more accessible wines for everyday drinking. Initially created at the request of family and friends. In a continuation of this tradition, Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite decided to produce Les Légendes in five major Bordeaux appellations: Bordeaux Rouge, Bordeaux Blanc, Médoc, Saint-Emilion and Pauillac.
A wine from a family of wine producers with a reputation such as Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite must be among the best of its kind in every appellation. Les Légendes wines are made under the supervision of oenologist, Diane Flamand, with the same care and attention to detail as is applied to the Grands Vins. The Pauillac and Médoc wines are produced from DBR Lafite’s own vineyards and from neighbouring vineyards. For the Bordeaux appellations, the technical team selects the terroirs and supervises the vinification of the grapes from partner suppliers. The Bordeaux Rouge and Blanc are made from selections of the finest production in the Entre-Deux-Mers region. As early as possible after fermentation, the DBR Lafite team selects the best batches of wine after successive blind tastings, enabling them not only to ensure top quality wine but also to control each stage of the winemaking and ageing. The aim, quite simply, is to produce excellent wines, which truly reflect the DBR Lafite house style.
Diane Flamand graduated from Oenology School of Bordeaux in 1987 and went on to earn her Masters Degree in International Wine and Spirit Trade at ESC Dijon. She began her training as a winemaker at Château Lafite Rothschild, Lynch-Bages and Pichon Longueville Baron in Pauillac. In 1988, Diane joined SKALLI-FORTANT DE FRANCE in the South of France (Sète) as Production Quality Manager. In 1993, she joined Château Loudenne in Médoc where she was in charge of the promotion of the wines and the “Loudenne Wine School” responsible for training and education for the sales forces of IDV (International Distillers and Vintners). In 1997, Diane was appointed as Training Manager at BARTON & GUESTIER (Blanquefort – Bordeaux) in charge of B&G “Wine Training Program” and the promotion of the brand in France and abroad. She spent several months abroad in California at Sterling Vineyard and in South Africa during the harvest for the vinifications. Diane joined joined DBR Lafite as Collection Wines Manager in 2004.