Purchaser of the châteaux the French Suravenir assurance company, a daughter of Credit Mutuel Arkéa, which the Credit Mutuel Bretagne, Massif-Central and Sudouest also belong to. The Bordeaux-based Videlot wine group, managed by Jean-François Moueix and his son Jean Moueix, is the minority shareholder.
According to reports from the French daily press, the Suravenir company paid about 200 million euro for both châteaux including shares. The current production team, directed by Vincent Millet, will further be responsible for the work in the vineyards and the cellar. It was, however, reported in regional media the contracts with a few employees not to have been confirmed yet.
Jean-Pierre Denis, managing director of the Credit Mutuel Arkéa, will become the managing director of both châteaux. A new manager for Calon Ségur is to replace the former owners of the Capbern-Casqueton, Vicomte and Vicomtesse Alain de Baritault du Carpia.
“The Capbern-Casqueton family could be calmed by the fact that a purely French assurance group together with a, too, French wine group would take over the fate of both châteaux in the future”, Florenz Eckenschwiller, spokesmand of the Credit Mutuel Arkéa, explained. “We are a pure assurance company that has its headquarters in Britanny but has a strong network in the south-west of France. Due to our work in the bank business, we have always been working in real economy. Supporting small and medium-sized companies is more important to us than investment funds.”
“The family wanted to find somebody who preserves and continues their lifework. And this is exactly what we are intending to do. We consider this as a long-term investment”, Mr. Eckenschwiller says, who also confirmed that the Moueix family with its experiences concerning luxury Bordeaux wines is welcome as decision-makers, though they are only minority shareholders. (red.yoopress)