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Domaine Clarence Dillon buys Château Grand Pontet

The owners of Bordeaux First Growth Haut-Brion have expanded their vineyard holdings in the Right Bank, with the purchase of St-Emilion estate Château Grand Pontet.

According to an email sent to db by French wine writer Jean-Marc Quarin, Domaine Clarence Dillon will probably use their latest acquisition to expand production at their flagship St-Emilion label: Château Quintus.

Formerly known as Château Tertre Daugay, the property was rebranded as Quintus after its sale in 2011 to Domain Clarence Dillon. 

The family-owned company agreed to purchase the 28-hectare St-Emilion estate for an undisclosed sum with Count Leo de Malet-Roquefort, the owner of Premier Grands Crus Classé B estate La Gaffeliere.

However, the newest member of Clarence Dillon’s portfolio is a 14 hectare Grand Cru Classé estate,  run by Sylvie Pourquet. 

Until 1980, it was owned by the Bordeaux merchant Barton & Guestier. 

According to wine writer and Bordeaux expert Stephen Brook: “The terroir at Grand Pontet is truly exceptional. The location, in a single parcel, is excellent; its neighbours are the Beau-Sejours, Chateau Canon and Clos Fourtet.”

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