Côtes de Nuits: Clos de Lambrays bought by the LVMH group

Tuesday April 22 2014 by Vitisphere

For its first wine investment in Burgundy, the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy group has hit hard with the acquisition of Clos de Lambrays, the Côte de Nuits premier grand cru in the Morey-Saint-Denis appellation.  Since 1996, Clos des Lambrays had belonged to Günter and Ruth Freund from Koblenz in Germany, and has been managed for 35 years by winemaker, Thierry Brouin (who will stay at the helm of the domaine according to the LVMH press release).  Consisting of a single plot of 8.66 hectares (see photo), the Domaine also produces Cuvée des Loups red (8-10 K bottles of Morey Saint Denis premier cru, and 30-40 K of Clos des Lambrays) and two white Puligny Montrachet cuvées (Clos du Cailleret and Les Folatières premiers crus, respectively 37 and 29 ares), along with a “Fine" eau de vie.

With this acquisition, billionaire, Bernard Arnault (LVMH’s owner), is following in the footsteps of billionaire, François Pinault (Artemis holding), who bought an  “ouvrée"   (428 sq.m) of Château de Puligny-Montrachet in June 2012 (click here for further details). The four Morey-Saint-Denis grands crus are Clos Saint-Denis (6.07 ha), Clos de la Roche (16.84 ha), Clos des Lambrays (8.22 ha) and Clos de Tart (7.31 ha).

 

 

[Source: Vitisphere; Panoramic Photo: BIVB]

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