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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie clash over French vineyard



2008, happier times: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, here in Cannes, discover the Château Miraval, which they would proceed to rent for three years before buying it for €35 to €55 million. The estate is at the heart of their divorce today. Photo: Shutterstock

2008, happier times: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, here in Cannes, discover the Château Miraval, which they would proceed to rent for three years before buying it for €35 to €55 million. The estate is at the heart of their divorce today. Photo: Shutterstock

Brad Pitt went to court in Luxembourg on Tuesday over a dispute with his ex-wife, Angelina Jolie, concerning the French vineyard Château Miraval which they bought jointly in 2011. The castle at the time was considered the Mecca of romance.

Five years after the shocking announcement of their divorce, and after 11 years of a most glamorous love affair, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie could find themselves in a Luxembourg court to settle disputes over the Château Miraval property. This week, the American actor filed a lawsuit in Luxembourg, according to US Weekly.

In the middle of 600 hectares of vineyard sits this magnificent estate in southeastern France, built in the 17th century. Besides being the onetime host to Saint Thomas Aquinas, the site housed a recording studio where the likes of Pink Floyd, The Cure, AC DC, Muse and Sting played.

The Hollywood stars rented the estate for a few years before buying it and getting married there in 2014. As the Luxembourg website Millesima reports, “it was in 2008 that the former Hollywood couple met Marc Perrin, after considering various consultant. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were fans of the Perrin family’s wines and decided to call on their knowhow […] The Perrin family decided to join forces with Château Miraval.”

The property, estimated at nearly €170m, is domiciled with the Luxembourgish company Quimicum, to which the actress appears to be restricting her future ex-husband’s access, according to his lawyers. Until 2013, Mondo Bongo, Pitt’s holding company, held 600 of the 1,000 shares before the actor sold 100 to Jolie’s holding company, leaving the two spouses at the same level.

The latest annual report, filed with the Registrar of Companies in 2020, covers 2018. It shows a profit of €188,000 in addition to the €4m in profits carried forward. The actress had announced this summer that she wanted to sell her shares in the estate, one of whose rosés was ranked among the 100 best wines in the world in 2012. But the transaction was not finalised.

This article was originally published in French on Paperjam.lu. It has been translated and edited for Delano.lu