Chateau de Cadillac-en-Fronsadais
AOC Bordeaux Superieur
Richard and Shelley Serisier
CWZ Ltd represented by Mr Chen from Beijing
12th March 2019. Vineyards-Bordeaux experts in vineyard transactions, Exclusive Affiliates to Christie’s International Real Estate, announces the sale of Château de Cadillac-en-Fronsadais, AOC Bordeaux located in Cadillac-en-Fronsadais, including stock, to Asian Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) investor Mr Chen who was introduced by Christie’s auction house in China. Notaire Pierre-Jean Larbodie advised for the transaction with the support of Safer, all other professional work was handled by Michael Baynes and Li Lijuan of Vineyards-Bordeaux.
The Sellers, Mr and Mrs Serisier, Australian nationals, acquired the property in 2004. Mr Serisier’s roots are French as his great-great grandfather, Jean-Emile Serisier, had emigrated to Sydney from Bordeaux in 1839. From there, Jean-Emile went on to found the town of Dubbo in central western New South Wales where he established a wine and spirit business. He planted vines in the region as far back as the 1860’s which places the family amongst the earliest winegrowers in Australia.
Encouraged by the family history Mr and Mrs Serisier bought an ancient house, Château Cadillac, in the ‘wine country’ of Bordeaux in 2004 before finally making the move to live in Europe in 2008. The estate originally included 3 hectares of vines however they undertook a significant renovation and, after selecting some outstanding neighbouring terroir they purchased more vines, producing their own wines in 2011. The first vintage was in 2012 and was subsequently described by the French wine critic, Jean-Marc QUARIN, as a “masterstroke.” Since then it has been followed by highly acclaimed wines from their terroirs under the “Le Bout du Monde” and “Chateau Montrevel” trademarks.
Chateau de Cadillac-en-Fronsadais has a storied history dating back to Pey de Montrevel, the first Baron of Cadillac, created by Edward II, King of England, in 1307. Since the first Baron of Cadillac, the chateau has attracted nobility over the centuries that have contributed to its status as one of Bordeaux’s finest “right bank” chateau. The Buyer, Chinese technology, media and telecom businessman Mr Chen, will take over the stewardship of this historic estate and plans to continue the high-quality work and investment completed by the Serisiers since 2004. Mr Chen said “it is a dream come true for me to become a part of such a privileged history and participate in my passion for wine through such high quality terroirs.”
I have bought and sold many properties in my lifetime, both residential and commercial, back home in Australia, and also, more lately, in England and now France where we lived for a few years. As such, I have experienced many dealings with real estate agents as part of those transactions which by their nature, can often be very trying experiences, especially if you are buying or selling your dream. It is my pleasure to say that without doubt Michael BAYNES and his team are the best agents I have ever dealt with bar none. Michael’s professionalism and his expertise and patience in managing the often conflicting interests and expectations of the parties was first class. I quite unreservedly recommend him and VINEYARDS BORDEAUX if you are looking for that perfect property in south west France.