château de gevrey-chambertin – sold!

Update 23.8.2012(22.8.2012)billn

chateau de gevreyI was travelling the last days so couldn’t post the news, hence, Keith beat me to it. But the news is that the small domaine which includes Gevrey-Chambertin’s most iconic building is now sold.

Whilst that (surely) must auger for some eventual improvement in the quality of the wines, there is local angst that the efforts that they made to buy the buildings and vines for the village of Gevrey-Chambertin were thwarted at the last-minute. Locals had amassed a $5 million offer, but lost out to $8 million from a group of Chinese investors (reportedly) from Macau. I’m sure it smarts.

The headlines will shout ‘Chinese buyers’ and there will doubtlessly be some ill-thought quasi-xenophobic editorials, yet I expect the biggest shame will come from not finding that local solution…

News infos here and here.

PS: An important little bird tells me that Eric Rousseau is currently caring for those vines – that sounds a good start – no?

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There is one response to “château de gevrey-chambertin – sold!”

  1. Joachim22nd August 2012 at 8:24 amPermalinkReply

    I like that you point out that that the nationality of the buyer does not make any difference. As it would have been better if a french insurance company would have bought it… (sorry for my english, I still don’t get the “if-clauses” ) (So much for the nationality of the commenter ;-))

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