Fabrikant Lalique , bekend van duur Zwitsers christal, heeft het Sauternes-château Lafaurie-Peyraguey gekocht. Topman Silvio Denz heeft al vijf andere châteaux in Bordeaux, maar dit is het eerste in Sauternes, waar zelden of nooit wijngoederen te koop komen. Lafaurie maakt tot heden 60.000 flessen per jaar. De collega’s melden:
‘Sauternes estate Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey has been purchased by the head of luxury crystal maker Lalique.
Silvio Denz, the Swiss chairman of Lalique, announced Tuesday that he had bought the 36-hectare property from French energy corporation, GDF Suez.
He already owns five other properties in Bordeaux, including two grand cru classés in Saint-Emilion – Château Péby Faugères and Château Faugères. “I have seven wine estates, five in Bordeaux, one in Spain and one in Italy,” said Denz.
However, this is his first purchase in the Sauternes appellation. “There are very few châteaux for sale in Sauternes," he added.
Lafaurie-Peyraguey is situated in the village of Bommes and was just one of 11 estates named as a premier cru in the Sauternes classification of 1855.
“Sauternes is undervalued and yet there are beautiful wines made here – both sweet and dry whites,” he said.
Denz revealed that under his ownership, the château would produce a dry white wine. His aim is to “make great sweet wines on the best terroir” and to “develop a fine dry white wine to promote the potential of the land.”
The average annual production is around 60,000 bottles. The vines have an average age of 40 years with the oldest dating back to 1926. The make-up of the vineyard is 93 percent semillon, 6 percent sauvignon and 1 percent muscadelle’