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Vineyards-Bordeaux has sold Chateau Auguste, located in St Aubin de Branne, including stock to an American investor, the founder of Lumber Liquidators, Cabinets to Go and Proton/SunHydro the Hydrogen fuel company. Hubert Biard of CVS Avocats advised the buyer while notaire Pierre-Jean Larbodie advised the seller.
The seller purchased the vineyards in 2005 and invested substantially to expand the estate, improving infrastructure and renovating the chateau residence at Auguste. He maintained the estate’s existing organic farming practices.
The new owner has purchased the 30 ha of Bordeaux Superieur which he adds to Chateau Gaby, Chateau Moya, also both organic vineyards and Chateau du Parc, the St Emilion Grand Cru purchased earlier this year. Chateau Auguste will produce about 200,000 bottles per year, with the majority being a Provencal style rosé targeting the massive growth in demand in the US for rosé.
Having poured my life into this chateau for the past 12 years it is so exciting to see someone with such a passion for organic agriculture appreciate all that we have done and take it to the next level.
We were looking for a quality rosé vineyard in Provence but during a blind tasting that included 4 Provencal, 4 Bordeaux and 2 other rosés with no appellation we found that our top 2 choices were both Bordeaux rosé – albeit made in the Provencal style. We were extremely impressed with the quality of the terroir and the organic practices at Auguste which we believe will produce one of the best rosés in the world.