Château La Mission Haut-Brion: Etablissements Duval

Célestin Chiapella and Marie Henriette Duchon-Doris had three children, Daniel (born 1845), Jean Marcel (born 1847) and Jérôme Michel René William (born 1853). Of these, it was the latter who is most relevant to the tale, as it was Jérôme Chiapella who then took control of the estate from his parents. He had married Suzanne Marie Adélaïde Pirel (born 1865), who was of Russian descent, on September 15th 1879, and they had three children. There was Edouard (born 1881), Michel (born 1882) and Marie Henriette (born 1886). At about this time, however, the property was sold; Jérôme and his wife handed the estate over to the Société Anonyme des Etablissements Duval in 1884.

Château La Mission Haut-Brion

In the 1886 edition of Cocks et Féret the Etablissements Duval are thus listed as proprietors; the estate is still ranked second after Château Haut-Brion, and it was turning out 25 tonneaux per annum. In the years that followed, however, the estate changed hands several times; it was sold by the Etablissements Duval in 1895 to a local wine merchant named Ferdinand de Constans. Eight years later, in 1903, it was acquired by another wine merchant named Victor Cousteau. This latter individual, who also owned Château La Tour Haut Brion, passed the property on his retirement to Frédéric Woltner in 1919, thus opening the way for new investment and a deserved updating of the property; this was the start of the modern era for Château La Mission Haut-Brion.

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