The Château Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse in St. Emilion, classified as Premier Grand Cru Classé B, has been sold for €75 million.
The new owner of the château with 6.75 hectares of vineyards is the 30-year-old agricultural engineer and vintner Joséphine Duffau-Lagarrosse, the daughter of the current co-manager Vincent Duffau-Lagarrosse. Financial support comes from the Courtin family (owner of the cosmetics company Clarins), according to the trade magazine Vitisphere.
The decision in favour of Joséphine Duffau-Lagarrosse was made on 7 April by the board of directors of the Société d'Aménagement Foncier et d'Etablissement Rural (SAFER) from Aquitaine, after fierce controversy among four applicants.
As justification, SAFER stated that Duffau-Lagarrosse supported "a sustainable agricultural project that respects biodiversity" and would "maintain the historical link between this vineyard and one of the members of the Duffau-Lagarrosse family."
Château Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse has been in the family since 1847 and classified since 1955. Joséphine Duffau-Lagarrosse is currently technical director of Château les Grands Chênes in the Bernard-Magrez Group. itp