Bernard Magrez

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Bernard Magrez, born 1936, is a French wine magnate who predominantly owns Bordeaux wine estates, including Château La Tour Carnet, Château Pape Clément and Château Romer, but also a large number of wine producing properties in other French wine regions and other countries, including Spain, Chile, Argentina and California.

Biography[edit]

A multi-millionaire, Magrez made his fortune as the founder of the William Pitters spirits company and the low-cost red Bordeaux brand Malesan.[1][2]

In December 2008 it was reported that the investment bank Lazard was offering Château Latour for sale, and Magrez was suggested as the likely buyer.[3] In the July 2009 Decanter publication of "The Power List" ranking of the wine industry's individuals of influence, Magrez placed at number 29.[4][5]

In 2012 expanded his Bordeaux holdings with Château Malleprat in Pessac-Léognan, Château Moulin d'Ulysse in Listrac-Médoc, and Château Romer, a classified growth in Sauternes.[6]

Bernard Magrez is the sole owner of four classified growth located in the different prestigious Bordeaux Classified Appelations: Chateau Pape Clement in Graves, Chateau La Tour Carnet in Haut-Médoc, Chateau Fombrauge in St Emilion and Clos Haut-Peyraguey in Sauternes.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bloomberg.com (August 8, 2005). Bordeaux Mogul Sells Cult Wines Under Global Brand: Elin McCoy
  2. ^ Franc, Mitch Wine Spectator (March 14, 2008). "French Wine Tycoon Magrez Moves into Chile". 
  3. ^ Anson, Jane, Decanter.com (December 30, 2008). "Chateau Latour for sale". [dead link]
  4. ^ Decanter (July 2009). "The Power List", p.35
  5. ^ Lechmere, Adam, Decanter.com (June 1, 2009). "Power List 2009: Parker Gives Way to Constellation". [dead link]
  6. ^ Anson, Jane, Decanter.com (April 19, 2012). "Bernard Magrez buys three Bordeaux estates". 
  7. ^ Wine Spectator Home | Wine Spectator

External links[edit]