Château Phélan Ségur sold to Bel­gian in­vestor

Decanter - - A MONTH IN WINE -

ThE sAlE OF st-Estèphe’s Phélan ségur was con­firmed on 5 september, with the 70ha prop­erty pass­ing from the hands of broth­ers Thierry, lau­rent and stéphane Gar­dinier to Philippe Van de Vy­vere, Bel­gian founder and CEO of sea-In­vest ship­ping com­pany.

Thierry Gar­dinier con­firmed to De­canter that the han­dover of the busi­ness is planned for the be­gin­ning of 2018, and that direc­tor Véronique Dausse will re­main in place along­side the en­tire ex­ist­ing team.

spec­u­la­tion about a deal at Phélan ségur had been grow­ing in Bordeaux, and it fol­lows a string of ac­qui­si­tions in the re­gion so far this year.

‘we have de­cided to devote the bulk of our fu­ture in­vest­ments to the fine food trades and high-end ho­tel busi­ness,’ the Gar­dinier broth­ers said in a press re­lease.

‘wine is one of our great pas­sions and is still cen­tral to our busi­ness, so we will be keep­ing in close contact with our wine-grow­ing friends.’

Château Phélan ségur has been owned by the Gar­dinier fam­ily since Xavier Gar­dinier bought the prop­erty in 1984. he died in July 2013. The Gar­dinier & Fils group owns Do­maine les Crayères in Cham­pagne and the Taillevent ho­tel group in Paris and lon­don, Comp­toir du Caviar in France and 500ha of or­ange farms in Florida.

‘My in­ten­tion is for Phélan ségur to re­main one of the great wines of st-Estèphe,’ said Van de Vy­vere.

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