The suspense had lasted for weeks in Saint-Emilion.
Château Beauséjour Dufau Lagarosse, for sale since June 21, 2020, finally remains in the family ... or almost.
The Beauséjour-Courtin company was chosen by Safer, an organization under the supervision of the State, responsible for leading the transaction.
The attribution of the property to the Beauséjour-Courtin company signals both the maintenance of a Duffau-Lagarosse at the head of the operation and the arrival of a cosmetics giant, Clarins, in the prestigious Bordeaux vineyard. .
On November 7, 2020, the 32 heirs of the estate had yet voted over 90% in favor of another buyer, the Cuvelier family, installed at Clos Fourtet for 20 years.
Through a new public call for tenders, made compulsory by the intervention of Safer, two new candidates had joined the ranks.
Stéphanie du Boüard, who manages Château Angelus, a Premier Grand Cru Classé A, and Stéphanie Duffau-Lagarosse, one of the heiresses, supported and financed by the Courtin-Clarins.
Guarantee the installation of Joséphine Lagarosse
On March 18, a Safer technical committee decided to give the keys to Beauséjour to Stéphanie de Boüard.
Another twist three weeks later: the board of directors of Safer finally chose the Duffau Lagarosse-Courtin-Clarins alliance.
In its press release, Safer insists on an express condition for this attribution.
She asks the future owners to “guarantee and secure the installation of Joséphine Duffau-Lagarosse, a young farmer”.
A cautious condition.
Will it be enough to quench the annoyance of the two rejected competitors?
For them, it is Clarins that blows the part for them by offering themselves a premier grand cru at 75 million euros on 6.8 hectares.