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Château Haut-Brion Owners Buy St.-Emilion's Château L'Arrosée

The Dillon family, owners of the famed first-growth, add a second Right Bank property to their portfolio

James Molesworth
Posted: June 6, 2013

Domaine Clarence Dillon, the ownership group that includes the famed first-growth Château Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion, has added another Right Bank estate to their portfolio: Château L'Arrosée in St.-Emilion. The deal closed May 29. A purchase price was not disclosed.

Château L'Arrosée is the second Right Bank estate to be purchased by Domaine Clarence Dillon in recent years. The firm, owned by the Dillon family and currently run by Prince Robert de Luxembourg, purchased Château Tertre Daugay—since renamed Quintus—in 2011. Previously owned by the Caille family, which bought it in 2002, Château L'Arrosée totals nearly 33 acres of vines. The vineyards, which neighbor Quintus, are planted with 60 percent Merlot and 20 percent each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

Speculation that the estates might be combined was premature according to Jean-Philippe Delmas, managing director of Domaine Clarence Dillon. “At this stage, any question about the strategy we intend to implement is premature," he told Wine Spectator. "We will communicate in due time about it, in the coming months.”

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