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E. Guigal Buys Neighboring Domaine de Bonserine

Rhône négociant will keep the new estate separate from its own operation

James Molesworth
Posted: June 27, 2006

E. Guigal, one of the Northern Rhône's most prominent négociants, has purchased neighbor Domaine de Bonserine, the second-largest vineyard owner in Côte-Rôtie. The deal includes 22 acres in Côte-Rôtie and 2.5 acres in Condrieu, as well as the winery and current inventory. The purchase price was not disclosed.

Guigal plans to keep the Bonserine estate--vineyards, winemaking and distribution--separate from its own operation, just as it did with the J. Vidal-Fleury négociant house, which it acquired in 1984.

"The qualitative investments done in the past 10 years drove our family to keep this estate separate from Guigal," said director Philippe Guigal of the firm's most recent purchase.

Bonserine's cellarmaster, Stéphane Carrel, will continue to oversee the domaine's 4,000-case annual production.

Although the bulk of Guigal's production comes from grapes and wine purchased from other growers, in recent years, the company has substantially added to its estate vineyards, which include the famous sites of La Landonne, La Turque and La Mouline. In 2001, Guigal purchased the 23.5-acre Domaine Jean-Louis Grippat and 41 acres of vines from the Domaine de Vallouit, which tripled Guigal's vineyard holdings at the time. Guigal also bought the historic Château d'Ampuis in the town of Ampuis in 1995, and has since restored it at an estimated cost of $15 million, while also installing its own cooperage there.

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