All in the family

The story of how Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger regained control of his clan’s wine empire is fascinating and complex

3rd July, 2016
Taittinger Champagne owes its existence in part to romantic sentimentalism, but also to business impulse

Running a family business in France brings with it some very special problems, most of them created by a well-meaning Napoleonic idea.

Family property in France must be divided up among all the family – the notion of excluding any or all of your family from a portion of your estate is, some two centuries later, contrary not just to modern law but to France’s social mores.

It is with this philosophy in...

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