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
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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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