Maison Louis Jadot, one of Burgundy’s top négociant houses, purchased Domaine Prieur-Brunet in Santenay this week. The deal includes 44.5 acres of premiers crus and village parcels in Santenay, Chassagne-Montrachet, Meursault, Volnay, Pommard and Beaune. The acquisition brings the total area of vineyards owned by Jadot to 346 acres. The sale price was not disclosed.
Domaine Prieur-Brunet has been in the Prieur family since its founding at the beginning of the 19th century. Guillaume Prieur, who ran the property with his mother, Dominique, represented the eighth generation. “My father had a very good relationship with the family for a long time, and it is a domaine with very nice terroir in Santenay and the Côte de Beaune, where we are from,” Thibault Gagey, Jadot deputy general manager and son of longtime president Pierre-Henry Gagey, told Wine Spectator.
Though Jadot did not buy grapes or wine from Prieur-Brunet, Pierre-Henry is very fond of Santenay. Jadot makes a red and white Santenay Clos de Malte from the En la Fée climat, a monopole that was planted by Gagey’s great-grandfather, then sold, then eventually repurchased by Jadot in 1993.
Jadot has not decided yet if the new vineyards will be bottled separately or incorporated into existing labels. The company currently produces about 850,000 cases annually from its own vineyards and purchased fruit and wine.