Posted 15th Nov 2018
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Posted 15th Nov 2018
Another year, another sale in Burgundy. Twelve months ago, it was Clos de Tart, bought by François Pinault’s Artémis Group for €280m; now it’s Domaine Henri Rabourseau, in which the billionaire Bouygues brothers, Martin and Olivier, have recently acquired a majority stake for an estimated €45m. The construction, media and telecommunications tycoons may think they’ve got a bargain – half of the under-performing domaine’s 13.5 hectares are Grands Crus – but what if they’ve saddled themselves with a declining asset? The price of top Burgundy continues to spiral upwards, but it may not do so forever.
Nearly everyone in Burgundy is worried about the difficulty of keeping small family estates intact because of the...
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