samedi 30 juillet 2016
Hong Kong company Long Fait International is believed to be only the second Chinese investor in the Bordeaux appellation of St Estèphe with its deal for Château Tour Saint-Fort.
The 14-hectare cru bourgeois property, formerly owned by Jean-Louis Laffort, is in the northern part of St-Estèphe near to Châteaux de Pez and Le Tour de Pez.
A price was not disclosed, but average vineyard prices in St-Estèphe were €350,000 per hectare in 2014, according to the latest data available from France’s Safer land agency.
Long Fait International joins Yi Zhu & Hongtao Yu, who bought Château Vieux Coutelin in St-Estèphe in 2013.
The deal also follows closely after Alibaba founder Jack Ma bought Château de Sours and serial Bordeaux investor Peter Kwok acquired Château Le Rey in Castillon.
Château Tour Saint-Fort was almost entirely destroyed during the World War Two. Previous owner Laffort recreated the property in 1992 by bringing together Cru la Tour du Château Pineau and parts of Château Saint-Estèphe. These parts were owned by the Calon family in the 18th century.
The agency responsible for the sale, said ‘The purchaser has employed a former director of a Grand Cru Classé estate in St-Emilion to run the château. He intends to continue the current sales system with one third sold direct in France, one third through Bordeaux merchants and one third sold in China.’
He also confirmed that Long Fait International wants to enlarge the estate to between 25 and 30 hectares and is in the process of looking for other St-Estèphe vines to purchase.
There are also plans to renovate the cellars and vinification buildings to assure a reception capacity for 30 hectares of vines.
source : decanter.com
Peter Kwok, the Vietnam-born, Hong Kong businessman who bought St Emilion’s Château Haut-Brisson in 1997, has purchased Château le Rey in Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux along with two business partners.
The 12 hectare estate was previously owned by the le Roy family since 2006.
Kwok’s business partners in the purchase are Jean-Christophe Meyrou, who has worked for two years as director for Kwok’s French holding company Vignobles K, and Belgian importer Philippe Lambrecht.
The deal comes less than a month after Alibaba founder and billionaire Jack Ma announced he had bought Château de Sours in Bordeaux.
Château Le Rey dates back to at least the 1300s and is located on the limestone plateau of Sainte-Colombe. It is in the process of conversion to organic farming.
Kwok now controls 40ha in St-Emilion, 3.5ha in Pomerol, 2.5ha in Lalande de Pomerol and 12ha in Castillon.
Michel Rolland is consultant to all Kwok’s estates, and Jerome Aguirre, who previously worked at Châteaux La Violette, Le Gay and Reignac, is technical director and winemaker.
Denise Van der Meer, of Vignobles K, confirmed to Decanter.com that the wines will be made entirely by Vignobles K team. ‘The three men have known each for many years, and it was friendship that led them to invest in this opportunity together. The potential of the Castillon terroir is huge.’
Lambrecht is also the owner of Bodega Mas Alta in Priorat.
In November 2015, Kwok bought Château Tourans in St-Emilion.
source : decanter.com
Guillaume Brochard, co-founder of the Hong Kong-based Qeelin Jewellery, together with ‘two Chinese entrepreneurs’ purchased Pineuilh-based négociant GRM for an undisclosed amount.
Guillaume Brochard is now the majority holder of GRM, the company told DecanterChina.com.
The backgrounds of the two mainland Chinese investors have not yet been disclosed. An unnamed trade source told DecanterChina.com that one of the two investors is ‘one of the founding fathers of the hospitality industry’ in China.
The move came two weeks after Alibaba founder Jack Ma’s purchase of Château de Sours, and is the third purchase related to the Bordeaux wine trade by Chinese investors announced this week.
‘In China, enjoying wines has now become a symbol of quality and high-end life,’ said Guillaume Brochard, when talking about the purchase.
The French entrepreneur founded the luxury jewellery brand Qeelin with Chinese designer Dennis Chan in 2004. The jewellery brand was known for its association with Hong Kong actress Maggie Cheung.
In early 2013, Qeelin Jewllery was bought by the French luxury goods holding company Kering, which is owned by François Pinault, owner of Château Latour.
Founded in 1972, the producer and merchant GRM owns 200 hectares of vineyards in Bordeaux and Southwest France, currently operating four wineries including AOC Bordeaux Supérieur Château Picon and Château Guillaume Blanc.
At the moment the negociant sells 15m bottles of Bordeaux wines to 25 countries every year, according to the company.
Under the new leadership, the company intends to keep its worldwide distribution but would be looking to develop within the Chinese market, Emmanuel Castagneau, marketing director of GRM, told DecanterChina.com.
source : decanter.com
lundi 11 juillet 2016
Négociant emblématique de la place de bordeaux, Dominique Méneret continue de se retirer progressivement du vignoble girondin. Pour Daohe Wines & Spirits, cette acquisition ne devrait la première d’une série.
Propriété de 28,4 hectares de vigne en AOC Bordeaux Supérieur, le domaine de Courteillac vient d’être vendu par le négociant retraité Dominique Méneret à Daohe Wines & Spirits. Conservant un rôle de consultant, Dominique Méneret aidera le temps de la prise en main cette société chinoise, originaire de Canton (ou Guangzhou). En dehors du propriétaire-gestionnaire, le reste est globalement inchangé rassure un communiqué.
Le directeur technique reste ainsi Stéphane Dubes, le propriétaire du château La Rose Monturon (Saint-Emilion), également beau-frère de Stephan Asseo, à qui Dominique Méneret a racheté le domaine de Courteillac en 1998 (et avec qui il s’est associé pour l’Aventure Winery à Paso Robles, en Californie). Et la propriété sera toujours suivie par Frédéric Massié (Derenoncourt Consultants) et distribuée en France par Domaines Meneret-Audy (l'export représentant 60 % de la commercialisation du domaine, vers les Etats-Unis, le Bénélux...).
Originaire d’une famille vigneronne de Saint-Émilion, Dominique Méneret est revenu au vin il y a quarante ans, rejoignant le négociant libournais Jean Audy dont il a épousé la fille, Marie-Claude Audy. Il s’est associé en 1988 avec la Fiduciaire Bernard pour créer la maison de négoce Bernard et Ménéret. En 2001, le groupe néo-calédonien Ballande reprend les parts de la famille Bernard, rebaptisant la maison Ballande et Méneret (et se désengageant du domaine de Couteillac, dont Dominique Méneret est alors devenu l’unique propriétaire). Depuis dix ans, Dominique Méneret a cessé son activité de négociant.
source : vitisphère