Tony’s son Henry will take charge of the25ha property in AOP Castillon, working with wine director Justin Howard-Sneyd MW on a development plan for the vineyard.
Henry Laithwaite said: “This is a really great moment for both the business and me. As a business, in order to offer great wine, it helps enormously if you’re making it as you understand everything that other producers go through, including the care and attention that they lavish on their vines.
“It gives us a level of understanding that allows us to work closely with our producers and growers worldwide and select the very best grapes and wines for our customers.
“There’s so much potential here and with the right care and attention, there’s no reason why this vineyard can’t produce wine to rival its famous neighbours in St Emilion and Pomerol.”
This is the third vineyard Laithwaites has acquired in Bordeaux, and the Laithwaite family also has vineyards in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.