Bernard Magrez buys Château Le Sartre from the Perrin-Leriche family

Monday December 18 2017 by Vitisphere

- Photo credit : Château Le Sartre

The 33-hectare Château Le Sartre, located in Léognan, is to enter the Bernard Magrez portfolio. “Pessac-Léognan is an appellation with a global resonance and there are very few properties for sale. So when something comes on the market, you have to jump at it”, explained the prominent Bordeaux figure to television station France 3 during the Bordeaux Tasting show organised by the magazine Terre de Vins. Magrez, who had been looking for a fourth classified growth*, didn’t have to think twice about boosting his holdings in Pessac-Léognan where he already owns the 54-hectare Graves Cru Classé Château Pape Clément. According to a press statement, the acquisition adds an extra 140,000 bottles of Pessac-Léognan wines to Magrez’s annual production.

Asked about the sale, the Perrin-Leriche family stressed that the transaction has yet to be finalised and did not want to comment. Château Le Sartre was bought in the 1980s by the late Anthony Perrin of Château Carbonnieux and since 2004 has been run by his sister Marie-José Perrin-Leriche and her husband René Leriche.

New viticulture manager

The viticulture manager, winemaker David Château, left the property last summer. He was replaced by Bordeaux engineer Philippe Andraud who since 2012 has been operations manager at Châteaux Guerry (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux), du Parc (Côtes de Bourg) and Pérenne (Bordeaux) for Bernard Magrez.

*The others are châteaux Pape Clément (54 hectares in Pessac-Léognan), La Tour Carnet (115 ha in Haut-Médoc), Fombrauge (58 ha in Saint-Émilion) and Clos Haut-Peyraguey (17 ha in Sauternes).

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