The Burgundy wine firm of Maison Louis Jadot, already a major player in France's Beaujolais region with its Château des Jacques line, has just bolstered its lineup with the purchase of the Château de Bellevue property in Morgon. The sale price was not disclosed.
The purchase includes the winery and 86 acres of vineyards in the appellation of Morgon, considered to be one of Beaujolais' top crus. The deal gives Jadot, whose holdings have largely been concentrated in the Côte d'Or, three facilities in Beaujolais and brings the total of Jadot-owned vineyards in the district to 174 acres. Jadot also has an additional 92 acres in Beaujolais under contract.
Jadot had been producing the wine from the Château de Bellevue estate since the 1996 vintage, but now the firm will have complete control over the vineyards and property, beginning with the 2001 vintage.
"We consider Beaujolais to be part of Burgundy. This is why we bought Château des Jacques in 1996 and Château de Bellevue," said Pierre-Henry Gagey, CEO of Maison Louis Jadot. "We are interested in the traditional terroirs of Beaujolais."
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