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Prince Robert of Luxembourg expands his Bordeaux empire



Prince Robert of Luxembourg now claims one of the largest properties in Saint-Emilion. (Photo: Domaine Clarence Dillon)

Prince Robert of Luxembourg now claims one of the largest properties in Saint-Emilion. (Photo: Domaine Clarence Dillon)

Prince Robert of Luxembourg, a cousin of Grand Duke Henri has bought the Château Grand-Pontet in the Saint Emilion region, adding to his portfolio of vineyards which also includes the Château Haut-Brion winery.

The prince is now the proud owner of 14 hectares of Château Grand-Pontet, which allows him to expand his Saint-Emilion vineyard Château Quintus, reports French magazine Challenges.

The son of Prince Charles of Luxembourg, an uncle of Grand Duke Henri, joined the company Domaine Clarence Dillon in 1997, which he has managed since 2002. The company was founded in 1935 by his great-grandfather, Clarence Dillon.

42 hectares of vineyards

Domaine Clarence Dillon includes prestigious vineyards on the left bank of the Garonne, such as Château Haut-Brion and Château La Mission Haut-Brion. On the right bank, it now owns Château Grand-Pontet, which brings its vineyard to 45 hectares, 42 of which are vines.

"Quintus becomes one of the largest properties in the Saint-Emilion," said a press release announcing the transaction with the Pourquet family, owners of the vineyard founded in 1981.

Clarence Dillon has owned Château Quintus since the summer of 2011. This structure is the result of the merger of Châteaux Tertre Daugay and l'Arrosée, according to the specialist website Intervignes.com.

This story was first published in French on Paperjam. It has been translated and edited for Delano.