Chinese snap up latest Bordeaux estate

Yet another Bordeaux wine estate has passed into Chinese ownership following the purchase of Château Renon by entrepreneur James Zhou.

Château Renon

Château Renon

As reported by Bloomberg, the deal involves eight hectares of vineyard, a château dating to 1802 and five hectares of parkland and gardens, all located in the Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux appellation.

The estate, whose past owners include the Lur Saluces family of Yquem fame, last changed hands in 2002, when it was bought by Xavier Belliard from a long-standing Bordeaux winemaking family. It currently produces a Merlot-dominated Côtes de Bordeaux red, Sauvignon Blanc-based dry white and 100% Sémillon sweet wine.

Among Zhou’s business interests of a packaging company and a polo club is a wine import business, which suggests that wine from his newly purchased estate will be shipped to China.

With over 100 Bordeaux wine estates thought to have been sold to Chinese investors since 2010, this deal follows last month’s purchases of nearby Cadillac property Château de Birot by a Chinese hotel group, and Château Preuillac in the Médoc by an anonymous buyer in China.

According to a recent report, China remains the biggest buyer of small to medium-sized estates in Bordeaux, although there are signs that interest is now expanding to other regions such as Napa and Barossa.

One Response to “Chinese snap up latest Bordeaux estate”

  1. Hervé says:

    The picture shown on your website is not actually related to Xavier Belliard’s vineyards “Chateau Renon”, this chateau is the property of a Dutch family who allowed their neighbour Mr Belliard (for a case of his wine) to use the picture for his website. I hope the newly chinese owner knows what he really bought…far less glamorous.

Leave a Reply to Hervé Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

We encourage debate in the comments section and always welcome feedback, but if you spot something you don't think is right, we ask that you leave an accurate email address so we can get back to you if we need to.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Events & Admin Assistant

The Drinks Business
London SE1, UK

Brand Manager - Key Wine Partners

MMI Dubai
Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Business Development Manager

Bashall Spirits
Lancashire, UK

Territory Manager - London​

Cadrona Distillery
London, UK

Business Development Manager

Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Customer Marketing Manager

London NW1, UK

Export Assistant Co-ordinator - Maternity Cover

Speciality Drinks
Whitby Avenue, London NW10 7SF, UK

Customer Services Administrator - On Trade

Speciality Drinks
Whitby Avenue, London NW10 7SF, UK

Fruit Focus 2019

East Malling,United Kingdom
17th Jul 2019

International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show

San Francisco,USA
23rd Jul 2019

The Wine Show Chelsea 2019

London,United Kingdom
18th Oct 2019
Click to view more

The Global Riesling Masters 2018

View Results

Global Chardonnay Masters 2018

View Results

Click to view more