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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