AOC Côtes de Bergerac
Mr and Mrs Julian Taylor
Mr and Mrs Campbell
Vineyards-Bordeaux experts in vineyard transactions, Exclusive Affiliates to Christie’s International Real Estate, announce the acquisition of the shares of SARL Marcassin owner of Château de Fayolle, AOC Côtes de Bergerac located in Saussignac, including stock, to US investors Frank and Riki Campbell. Xavier Renoux from Taj-Deloitte Legal law firm represented the buyers and Louis-Joseph de Coincy from and Tiphaine Brissez of Aloy law firm represented the sellers.
The Sellers, Mr and Mrs Julian Taylor, acquired the property in 2011. Attracted by the terroir and setting the Taylors invested heavily both in the winery and in restructuring to create a selection of very high-quality wines. The estate covers almost 50 hectares and includes a lake while the vineyards are approximately 13 hectares of elevated gravel clay and limestone soils on slopes producing their top wine “Sang de Sanglier” as well as “Château de Fayolle” both red and white wines.
The Buyers, Mr and Mrs Campbell, are originally from the USA but have been living and working in Europe for many years. Following an extensive search over two years they focused on Château de Fayolle as a perfect combination of wine production quality and lifestyle attributes. They will live at the chateau permanently and have a business plan to develop wine tourism, on site wine sales from a shop premises and international marketing.
Built on a strategic and elevated location, Château de Fayolle is a walled medieval castle surrounded by its vines. It is sold with stock, fully equipped winery, swimming pool complex, chapel and staff cottage. The entire team currently working on the property will remain following the transaction. The sale of Château de Fayolle is a significant transaction for the Côtes de Bergerac and draws attention to the very high-quality terroirs and the increasingly outstanding wines that are found along the “côtes” above the Dordogne and the Bergerac region.
The reputation of Vineyards-Bordeaux was known to us prior to making the decision to sell. Having owned real estate and various companies internationally it was evident to us that the sale of a vineyard encompasses both commercial and emotional considerations (for both buyer and seller).
The strategic, technical, regulatory and commercial aspects of the business are as important as the emotion and passion associated with the tangible assets and wine. Michael Baynes and his team clearly have a considerable expertise not just in the marketing and presentation of a vineyard estate but also managing the transaction, understanding the aspirations of both buyer and seller and ability to engage with the various professional experts over the weeks and months of due diligence, legal agreements and financial structuring all of which are essential to a successful outcome. Vineyards-Bordeaux have their reputation for good reason, they earned our respect and it is with enthusiasm that we write this testimonial to underwrite their service to anyone considering a vineyard transaction.
We have very fond memories of Château de Fayolle, it was an important part of our lives for many years – the quality of the marketing material, the video and the photography were all excellent and captured all that we loved about the property. In our opinion Vineyards-Bordeaux are the most professional vineyard agents in the region and we have no hesitation recommending them.