In de Bourgogne lijkt maar geen eind te komen aan de mutaties in de wijnwereld. Ieder jaar verandert een aantal wijngaarden van eigenaar, naarmate de oogst nadert. Deze keer waren Corton André in Aloxe-Corton en Domaine Billaud-Simon in Chablis aan de beurt. Wine-Searcher meldt erover:
‘The ownership merry-go-round in Burgundy continues to turn with two substantial transactions in the region.
Négociant Bejot Vins & Terroirs has purchased the ailing merchant Maison Corton André for an undisclosed fee, although it is "in the tens of millions", according to Bejot's chief executive Vincent Sauvestre.
Corton André is based in Aloxe-Corton and owns the Burgundy labels Pierre André and Reine Pédauque, as well as more than 150 hectares (370 acres) of vineyard across the region. Those will complement Bejot’s holdings of some 230 hectares in Burgundy and another 270 hectares in the Rhône Valley.
With a modern winery installation in Meursault, Bejot will close the Corton André winery but, with this acquisition, the 2014 vintage will see them bring in an ever-greater share of grapes from the famous Corton hill, where Béjot already owns important holdings.
Bejot took over Moillard and Chartron et Trebuchet some years ago and this purchase will see them move into the group of the largest Burgundy négociants.
Last week Domaine Faiveley confirmed its acquisition of Domaine Billaud-Simon in Chablis, an area director Erwan Faiveley has been looking at for some time.
"This is a region that, 20 years from now, people will realize the potential there – look at what Burgundy was 20 years ago," he told Wine-Searcher in an interview in June.
"I can only see Chablis getting better. If global warming is reality then it will be outstanding. We’ve been talking about buying there for years."
Until now family owned, the 20-ha (50-acre) Domaine Billaud-Simon includes vineyards in four of the seven Chablis Grands Crus – Les Blanchots, Les Clos, Les Preuses and Vaudésir, along with some important premier cru sites.
Originally a négociant company, Domaine Faiveley has been buying parcels of land in Burgundy since 1825. It now controls more than 120 hectares of vineyards, including 11 grand cru and 21 premier cru properties’.