Grands Chais de France buys neighbouring estate Prieuré d’Amilhac

Thursday March 15 2018 by Vitisphere

The estate is named after a Romanesque chapel, where St. Dominic preached during the crusade against the Cathars in the 12th century.The estate is named after a Romanesque chapel, where St. Dominic preached during the crusade against the Cathars in the 12th century. - Photo credit : Béziers In Méditerranée

On 15 February, Grands Chais de France (GCF) completed its purchase of Prieuré d'Amilhac, a 34-hectare vineyard located within the protected geographical indication Côtes de Thongue. “I used to make varietal wines before the PGI… My first container of Chardonnay and Cabernet was sent to the United States in 1979, the year Joseph Helfrich founded GCF”, says Max Cazottes, who founded Prieuré d’Amilhac with his brother in 1978. “At one point, we owned five estates in the South of France, covering 400 ha of vines, and even a château in Bordeaux”, recalls the entrepreneur, now retired at the age of 74.

 

Domaine de la Baume

 

With no heirs to take over the estate, the winegrower sold his last property to GCF. Having already acquired some of his vineyards in 2011, the Alsace-based wine merchant has thus bought the entire vineyard adjacent to Domaine de la Baume (acquired in 2003). GCF reportedly owns more than 500 ha of vines in Languedoc-Roussillon, from which most of its flagship label, JP Chenet, is sourced. It is the leading French wine brand sold worldwide, with sales allegedly totalling two bottles per second across the globe.

 

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