The Gérard Bertrand Group buys Domaine de Ceyleran

Monday December 10 2018 by Vitisphere

Domaine de Celeyran is due to be completely refurbished according to plans for its takeover by the Gérard Bertrand group.Domaine de Celeyran is due to be completely refurbished according to plans for its takeover by the Gérard Bertrand group. - Photo credit : DR

The standing committee of the Occitania regional council, due to meet on 7 December in Montpellier, will approve the sale of Domaine de Celeyran in Salles d'Aude, near Narbonne, to the Gérard Bertrand Group. The price tag is set at 2.45 million euros, which is the value estimated by the authorities, taking into account recent incidents that caused extensive damage to the chateau’s west wing. Last April, the Occitania regional council and the Gérard Bertrand Group agreed on a 75-year long-term lease. “Efforts since then on both sides, along with Gérard Bertrand's plans to turn Celeyran into a unique venue focusing on an innovative project, the desire to breathe new life into the estate, long the residence of Toulouse-Lautrec and classified as historical heritage in 1952, have made it possible to move towards a general sales agreement. This will pave the way for the implementation of an unprecedented project revolving around French organic and biodynamic farming”, explained Carole Delga, chair of the Occitania-Pyrenees-Mediterranean regional council.

The project includes major investments on the farming side of the chateau, but also on the chateau itself, which will be completely refurbished, entailing a total investment of €12 million by the Gérard Bertrand Group.  Some of the land (76 hectares) was already being farmed with the consent of the regional council which has made a pledge to allow the farmers to continue to do so until the end of 2019 to guarantee their harvest. An amicable agreement, based on an expert opinion, is being negotiated.

 

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