Daily Wine News: Macao Magnate

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Chateau de Gevrey-Chambertin has been purchased by an “unnamed casino magnate from Macao” vintners to pay for just over $10 million. Daily Telegraph reporter Henry Samuel Paris writes that “local winegrowers are furious at seeing the chateau sold to Asian outsiders from under their noses… They want nothing less than state intervention to keep their wine heritage in French hands.”

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Comments (1)

  1. I’m not sure any story from the telegraph is going to be accurate, but what I read was that they were so upset about an “asian outsider” buying it, but that the appraised value was 5-6 million euros and he paid 8 including 2 hectares of land. They are concerned about the increasingly high price of burgundy vinyards. Couple that with the french inheritance laws and taxes, they are worried about not being able to give the land to the next generation. Like in Bordeaux, where everything is being bought by corporations, or investment funds because of the inheritance taxes.