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French Businessman Buys Napa Valley's Ehlers Lane Winery


James Laube
Posted: June 16, 2001

Jean Leducq, a Parisian businessman and vintner, has purchased Ehlers Lane Winery in Napa Valley, along with an adjoining vineyard, as a new base for his wine company.

Leducq has owned vineyard property near St. Helena since 1989 and made wine under the Le Ducq and Sylviane labels since 1995. Nils Venge, owner of Saddleback Cellars and Venge, is the winemaker.

Terms of the sale were not disclosed; however, one person familiar with the deal put the sale price at close to $8 million. It includes some 11 acres of Cabernet vines; the old stone winery, built in 1866; and a house. The new acquisition reunites two parcels of the original Ehlers Lane property and gives Leducq a total of 45 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

Le Ducq is his flagship label, using the best lots of grapes from the vineyard for its Meritage blend. The Sylviane label focuses on varietal wines such as Cabernet and Merlot from both estate-grown and purchased grapes. Leducq also owns Prince Michel Vineyard in Virginia.

"It's an exciting deal because the soils are excellent, and Mr. Leducq is interested in making great wines," said Venge. The 2001 vintage will be the first crush in the newly acquired winery.

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