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Spectacular change of ownership at the world-famous Loire vineyard Clos Rougeard: The Foucault family, who own the company, which is known above all for its Cabernet Franc wines, has sold the 11 ha vineyard to the French billionaire brothers Olivier and Martin Bouygues. Nady Foucault, a biodynamic winemaker, will continue as the responsible manager.

Already in January of this year, the first rumours about a possible sale were picked up by the "Revue de Vin de France". At that time Nady Foucault had denied a handover. The Bouygues brothers are building, telecom and media entrepreneurs with estimated assets of around 2.3 billion euros. They also own the high-reach French TV station TF1, and they also own the Bordeaux estates Château Montrose and Château Tronquoy Lalande in Saint-Estèphe.

Clos Rougeard was owned by the Foucault family since 1664. With the death of Nady's brother Charly Foucault in December 2015, the French wine scene was puzzled about the future of the estate. For he was the economic head of the company, while Nady was responsible for the entire wine production including cultivation. In addition, high inheritance taxes are due in France: up to 40 percent of the current market value of the estate could be due to the French state after Charly Foucault's death. Nothing has been revealed about the purchase price.

(uka / Photo: Clos Rougeard)

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