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The huge insurance group with headquarters in Paris (France) was founded by the Frenchman Claude Bébéar (*1935). Due to his diverse business ventures and great economic influence, he is also referred to as the "patron saint of French capitalism". In 1984, Bébéar bought the Château Franc-Maine (Saint-Émilion) and founded the subsidiary company "AXA-Millésimes" (the vineyard was sold again in 1998). French insurance companies are obliged to invest in French real estate, and the purpose of the new company was to acquire and operate vineyards. In 1986, he appointed his friend Jean-Michel Cazes (1935-2023), the owner of Château Lynch-Bages, as the person in charge. Today, the estate comprises the following vineyards:

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