A state-owned energy firm has become the first Chinese companionship to buy hegemony of an estate in Bordeaux's Margaux appellation, after Luc Thienpont sold his majority stake in Clos des Quatres Vents.
Alongside Thienpont’s seven hectares of vines in Margaux, Chinese energy firm Liaoning Energy Investment has also gained hegemony of the Belgian’s 21ha Chateau Bonneau in AOC Haut-Médoc. Thienpont will wait as co-director of Clos des Quatres Vents for at least two years, and is subdue a minority stakeholder in his former vineyards, as well as in the wine shop Clos des Quatres Vents in Margaux village. The négociant companionship SARL Thienpont is not built-in in the sale. ‘I have six children,’ Thienpont told decanter.com. ‘Dividing up the estate between them all would have been too hard with succession taxes.’Thienpont said Liaoning plans to retain the current sales system of the estate, using Bordeaux négociants to distribute worldwide. ‘Maintaining the quality of the wine is
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