Chris Wilmers becomes president of Châteaux Haut-Bailly and Le Pape

Tuesday February 06 2018 by Vitisphere

- Photo credit : Mathieu Anglada

After joining the board of directors at Château Haut-Bailly (30 hectares in the Pessac-Léognan appellation) twenty years ago, Professor Chris Wilmers has become president following the death of his father, Robert G. Wilmers who suffered a heart attack in December 2017. The Francophile banker bought Château Haut-Bailly in 1998, followed by Château Le Pape in 2012.

Chris Wilmers is a professor of ecology at Santa Cruz University in California and is particularly active in biodiversity conservation as environments change due to both climatic and human-induced impacts.  The arrival of the founder and lead researcher for the Santa Cruz Puma Project at the head of the family properties should mark a milestone in the preservation of their environment.

Véronique Sanders stays on as MD

Following in his father's footsteps, Chris Wilmers has announced that Véronique Sanders will continue to head up Château Le Pape. The estate’s director is the great-granddaughter of André Sanders, the Belgian wine merchant who bought the property in 1955.

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