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CHÂTEAU LA COSTE

Wines and Modern Art: the two passions of an Irish billionaire revolutionize Château La Coste. If French people see more and more vineyards, even prestigious ones, being bought by Chinese businessmen with mixed feelings of incredulity and helplessness there are good counter-examples to reconcile them with foreign owners. There are new owners who truly love making their own wines and don’t take it as a mere hobby or a good investment. Such is Chateau La Coste a big estate set in the beautiful Provence “Coteaux d’Aix” area. When the Irish billionaire Patrick Mc Killen bought it in 2003 Chateau La Coste was since the 1960’s one of those many vineyards making huge quantities of low quality wine as was the common way in Southern France for decades. In those days when buying a “Rosé de Provence” chances were that you would get a cheap plonk! But people got tired of drinking it and a new generation of winemakers got tired of making it. Why spoil a real good “terroir” combining both soils made to grow …