Bernard Magrez

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


A multi-millionaire, Magrez made his fortune as the founder of the William Pitters spirits company and the low-cost red Bordeaux brand Malesan and Sidi Brahim.[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 Clos Haut-Peyraguey, a classified growth in Sauternes.[6]

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


  1. ^ (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, (December 30, 2008). "Chateau Latour for sale". 
  4. ^ Decanter (July 2009). "The Power List", p.35
  5. ^ Lechmere, Adam, (June 1, 2009). "Power List 2009: Parker Gives Way to Constellation". 
  6. ^ Anson, Jane, (April 19, 2012). "Bernard Magrez buys three Bordeaux estates". 
  7. ^ Wine Spectator Home | Wine Spectator

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