CA Grands Crus, subsidiary of French bank Crédit Agricole and Caisses Régionales d’Aquitaine et du Languedoc, owner since 2004 of the renowned Sauternes Chateau Rayne-Vigneau in Bommes, has just sold the majority of its shares to the group Trésor du Patrimoine. In the same time, CA Grands Crus is becoming sole owner of Chateau La Tour de Mons in Margaux.
Chateau Rayne Vigneau owns 84 hectares of vineyards in one piece, near the legendary Château d’Yquem. Its sub-soil is composed of sandy gravel on clay and is planted with 74% Sémillon, 24% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle. Its vines are on average thirty years old.
This prestigious domain became Premier Grand Cru Classé in 1855 and was owned since 2004 by CA Grands Crus. The Group invested significantly to increase the quality of its wines under the leadership of Anne Le Naour, technical director of the CA Grands Crus and Vincent Labergere, technical manager of Château Rayne Vigneau. The domain started working its vineyard following the principles of a strict sustainable agriculture and obtained its first accreditation in 2007.
Alongside its disengagement in Sauternes – even if it retains a minority interest in Rayne Vigneau, CA Grands Crus became sole owner of Chateau La Tour de Mons, Cru Bourgeois in Margaux. The group was already a shareholder of this vineyard since 1995 and thus acquired the remaining shares from Caisse de Dépot et Placement du Quebec (CDPQ). Under the previous ownership, major renovation and modernization plans have been conducted, including the all refurbishment of the wine cellars and the storage facility.
CA Grands Crus currently owns Château Grand Puy Ducasse (Classified Growth in 1855 from Pauillac), Meyney (one of Saint-Estèphe’s flagships), Château Blaignan (Cru Bourgeois in Médoc), Château de Santenay (Côte d’Or and Côte Chalonnaise), Clos Saint-Vincent (Saint-Emilion Grand Cru) and Chateau La Tour de Mons (Cru Bourgeois in Margaux) and keeps a minority in Rayne-Vigneau.
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