La Grande Maison Younan Collection Celebrates Membership into The Grande Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux
New York, NY, February 18, 2020 – La Grande Maison Younan Collection, one of the world’s fastest-growing luxury hospitality groups, is proud to announce that its Saint-Emilion Grand Cru property, Chateau La Croix Younan, has been selected to become a member of the prestigious Bordeaux wine association, The Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux. The selection represents the first time an American-owned château from Saint-Emilion has been included in The Grand Cercle’s ‘Rive Droite’, an elite selection of 113 wines representing winemaking excellence in Bordeaux’s Right Bank, that was established in July 2002.
Competition for membership into The Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux was fierce in 2020, with only four chateaux selected from a pool of over 140 applicants. Judging for the selection was conducted by nine jurors, who blind tasted three consecutive vintages (2015, 2016, 2017) from each chateau. Included in the tasting were wines from current classified Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux members to ensure an impressively high standard of quality was used for benchmarking. Following the completion of the blind tasting process, an overwhelming 12 out of the 14 Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux board members approved the inclusion of Chateau La Croix Younan into the association.
With 164 chateaux members counted among its ranks, the aim of The Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux is to showcase the superb quality of Bordeaux wines as well as the expression of the individual personality of each chateau member. The association unifies some of the finest wines in the Bordeaux region under a common fundamental focus on quality as well as ethical practice regarding production and distribution.
American business magnate Zaya S. Younan acquired Château La Croix Younan (formerly Château La Croix Fourney), a property of nine hectares in 2017. From the beginning, his focus was on making a limited quantity of exceptional wine to compete with the best wines in the region. “It had always been a dream of mine to own a winery in the prestigious Saint-Emilion region. I have big ambitions for Château La Croix Younan. My goal was to make one of the finest wines in Saint-Emilion, and the selection of Château La Croix Younan into The Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux highlights the incredible potential of this unique property,” noted Mr. Younan, Chairman & CEO of La Grande Maison Younan Collection. “We have made significant improvements in our vineyard and production facility in order to make an exceptional wine that embodies the luxury heritage of the La Grande Maison Younan Collection brand. I am particularly excited about our upcoming Château La Croix Younan 2018, which promises to be an exceptional vintage. We intend for this wine to set a new bar for quality and excellence. The best is yet to come.”
In addition to Château La Croix Younan, La Grande Maison Younan Collection also owns the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru property, Château Zaya (formerly Château La Garelle) which was acquired in 2019.
Château La Croix Younan and Chateau Zaya’s technical team is headed up by Dr. Alain Raynaud and Mr. Antoine Schmitt. Dr. Raynaud is the former President of the Union des Grands Crus and one of the founders and current President of the Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux. Mr. Antoine Schmitt began his career in the industry at Chateau Cheval Blanc (1st Grand Cru Classé A Saint-Emilion) during the 1992 campaign. He has collaborated with Dr. Alain Raynaud for the past ten years.
About the Younan Company
The Younan Company is a global private equity firm that specializes in acquisitions and management of assets and companies in the luxury consumer space. The company’s strategy is to build an integrated portfolio of luxury properties, products, and services. Today, The Younan Company is recognized as a global luxury brand with more than $2.2 billion in assets under management through its subsidiaries Younan Properties and La Grande Maison Younan Collection. The Younan Collection owns and manages luxury hotels and resorts in France, including Chateau de Beauvois, Hotel Saint-Martin, Chateau Le Prieure, Alexandra Palace, Chateau de Vaugouard, and Chateau de la Perriere; premium cigar maker El Septimo Geneva SA; Golf des Forges, Golf du Petit Chene, Golf d’Avrille, and Golf de Vaugouard; two vineyards in Saint-Emilion, including Chateau la Croix Younan, and Chateau Zaya; and MPA Studio de Creation in Paris. In 2019, it acquired its first beach resort, Malibu Foz Hotel and Resort in Figueira da Foz, Portugal.
Two-Building Corporate Campus Located in Westlake Village, California
LOS ANGELES, February 5, 2020 -- As part of its ongoing expansion in the greater Los Angeles region, Younan Properties, Inc., a fully-integrated, real estate owner, and manager of Class A office buildings has announced its latest acquisition of a two-building office portfolio in Westlake Village, CA.
Westlake Oaks Campus is a two-building corporate campus totaling to 212,000 rentable square feet. The buildings consist of 120 Via Merida and 4553 La Tienda. This is the first time in over 20 years that 120 Via Merida has been on the market. Situated on a campus-like setting totaling to 20.2 acres, the corporate headquarters quality asset is located in the thriving Westlake Village submarket, and is neighbored by the Promenade Shopping Center and Four Seasons Resort. Located on three separate parcels, including excess land with the intent for redevelopment, the office building has a prominent identity with access alongside the Ventura (101) Freeway and is well-positioned to attract tenants from neighboring cities with unparalleled convenience. World-class amenities include abundant parking with key-card access, an outdoor garden and courtyard, conference and meeting rooms, on-site engineering, and on-site security.
Zaya S. Younan, Chairman and CEO of Younan Properties, has over 35 years of operational experience, as well as experience with Mergers and Acquisitions working for Fortune 500 companies throughout the world. Younan states, “The Conejo Valley office market continues to see positive signs towards sustained growth. Its existing tenant base consists primarily of companies who migrated from the greater Los Angeles area in search of a greater quality of life, lower cost of business and living, access to a highly educated labor pool, and a cleaner environment. Younan Properties was successful in acquiring this asset at a very favorable price that was far below the market replacement value with a great yield. When we acquired the portfolio it was 53% occupied, with Anthem fully occupying La Tienda. Anthem (S&P AA-), who has previously fully occupied both buildings since their construction, has a long-term Triple Net Lease.”
The Class A office campus has exceptional access to the surrounding affluent communities of Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, and Calabasas, which are recognized as premier addresses for companies located within the West Los Angeles Valley. Westlake Village has captured nearly 50% of the overall net absorption within the entire Conejo Valley since the beginning of 2011, maintaining an average historical occupancy of approximately 90%.
Younan Properties represented itself in the transaction. CBRE Capital Markets Office West, led by Executive Vice Presidents Mike Longo, Todd Tydlaska, and Sean Sullivan represented the seller in the sale, with Mike Leonard at Lee and Associates heading leasing. “Younan Properties has a great opportunity to bring new tenants into the campus for the first time, and continue the decades of success they’ve had in this market as a commercial real estate investor and developer,” states Longo.
Younan concludes, “This is part of our ongoing expansion in Southern California with value-added opportunities that possess significant upside potential. Our strategy is to intentionally plan renovations that minimize upfront investment but maximize the impact with tenants and guests, and to reposition the building by promoting the campus’ location, improving operational efficiencies, driving leasing velocity, and generating meaningful investor returns. Ventura County remains an important economic driver and we are well-positioned to leverage our platform to realize the full potential of this purchase.”
About Younan Properties
Younan Properties, Inc., is a privately held real estate investment and management company, specializing in the acquisition and management of Class A office properties and in strong growth markets throughout the U.S., including Houston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Orange County, Phoenix, and Colorado. Since its inception, YPI has managed more than 200 transactions, having purchased more than 35 million square feet of properties, with completed transactions of over $6.0 billion. Younan Properties is a subsidiary of Younan Company, a global, private equity firm that specializes in the acquisitions and management of various assets and companies in the luxury consumer space. Known for its detailed, hands-on approach to improving operational efficiencies, while maintaining top building standards for tenants, Younan Properties is full-service with in-house expertise and resources in leasing, asset and property management, marketing, acquisitions, redevelopment, facility engineering, and financing. Its senior management team has extensive commercial real estate experience in office, retail, and hospitality, with significant operational, asset management, leasing, finance, and transaction expertise. For more information, visit www.younanproperties.com. The Westlake Oaks campus properties are located at 120 Via Merida Way and 4553 La Tienda Road, Westlake Village, CA.
Two remarkable hotels have just opened on the courses of L'Isle-Adam and Mazieres-en-Gatine. And Puerto Cancun, Mexico, will benefit from a vast complex inaugurated this November 1st.
In Isle-Adam, The Domaine des Vanneaux
After, in particular, the rehabilitation of Lutetia Jean-Michel Wilmotte continues his work along the fairways of the golf course of L'Isle-Adam (Val-d'Oise), forty-five minutes north of Paris. The architect had already designed the clubhouse layout, giving a very contemporary life to rustic farm buildings. In the spirit of a traditional farmhouse in a courtyard,
Le Domaine des Vanneaux offers spacious, uncluttered rooms with balconies, overlooking a large patio, a beautiful outdoor swimming pool, and spa. Before enjoying this winter, the jacuzzi in front of one of the five chimneys, the Zen atmosphere of the new establishment is based on the simplicity of design, the choice of refined materials with walnut cladding or bold muted colors. The elegance is set on the gastronomic table La Plume of the young chef Pierre Meneau, open on weekends, which aims from now on a first star. A recognition already solidly cultivated by theL'Isle-Adam golf course inaugurated in 1995 on a drawing by American architect Ronald Fream. With a hilly and wooded terrain, the course treats its solid technical reputation with impeccable maintenance.
Nine new holes are among the short-term projects of Chinese owners (the Hong Kong-based Hong Kong-based investment fund First Hong), Domaine des Vanneaux Hotel Golf & Spa MGallery by Sofitel (Tel: 01.34.08.40.60; Accorhotels.com ). 67 rooms including 8 suites, 2 restaurants - La Plume and Le Piaf - 1 bar, 1 outdoor pool, 1 spa with fitness room. Rooms between 250 € and 350 €, suite between 600 € and 800 €.
Golf ofL'Isle-Adam (01.34.08.11.11; Golfisleadam.com ). 18 holes, par 72, 6,188 m. 20% discount for resort residents: green fee 79 € on weekends, 60 € on weekdays.
Near Niort, The Resurrected Castle
The Chateau du Petit Chene renamed Alexandra Palace, is classified as a historical monument. It reopened its doors in June 2019. On the Petit Chene golf course in Mazieres-en-Giitine, the 17th-century castle became the Alexandra Palace hotel. Purchased in 2015 by American billionaire Zaya S. Younan, the historic monument suffered a serious fire at the beginning of its renovation before celebrating its opening this summer. A 5-star hotel with 20 rooms in the style of Grand Siecle and a remarkable restaurant run by chef Ludovic Dumont, in a setting of 70 hectares of parkland and ponds.
In Mexico, A Majestic Creation
At 15 minutes from the beautiful course of Puerto Cancun, signed Tom Weiskopf, the Majestic group opens on November 1st a new address: 338 rooms are located in the Elegance Club for adults, enjoying the vast spa in front of the coral reef. To celebrate the event, the first guests will enjoy a massage and a lobster dinner.
Greens du Monde (Tel .: 04.94.55.97.77; Greensdumonde.com ). From € 3,522, with flights, 7 nights "all-inclusive" at the Majestic Elegance Playa Mujeres, 3 green fees.
Luxury Lounges Offer Exclusive Amenities Only at Younan Collection Hotels
July 12, 2019, PORTUGAL & FRANCE—El Septimo Geneva, SA, maker of world-renowned premium cigars, has announced the opening of its first El Septimo Cigar Lounges at two Younan Collection luxury hotels - Malibu Foz Resort in Portugal, and Alexandra Palace in France. Malibu Foz is a 4-star beach resort, located in the heart of Figueira da Foz: a lush, historic beach community in central Portugal. Alexandra Palace is a newly restored 17th-century French château, renovated into a 5-star hotel with a golf course and spa, located in the Loire Valley. Both hotels are part of the growing luxury brand La Grande Maison Younan Collection.
Zaya S. Younan, Chairman & CEO of Younan Company and Younan Collection, addressed the growing interest in experiential luxury by travelers worldwide. “We work hard to create an exceptional environment that is second-to-none. Our research has shown that guests desire an immersive experience when they visit our hotels. It begins with the ideal location, exquisitely designed interiors, gourmet dining experiences, and grand cellars housing over 100,000 of the world’s rarest wines. We are introducing El Septimo Cigar Lounges as a further expression of the luxury lifestyle. Unlike traditional cigar retail outlets and lounges, we provide a unique and exclusive experience, as each member of our staff is trained to provide 5-star luxury service for every guest.”
The lounges are the first of its kind, being the only locations in the world to offer all 38 blends of El Septimo Cigars. With 38 cigar varieties from which to choose, El Septimo provides an assortment for premium cigar lovers, both men, and women, ranging in aroma, strength, gauge, flavor, and combustion. Guests will be able to purchase a variety of El Septimo’s premium cigar accessories by the end of 2019, which will be exclusively sold at El Septimo Lounges. The lounges are open to both guests and the public while offering exclusive monthly and annual memberships.
Not only has El Septimo reinvented how a premium cigar should be made, but it has redesigned smoking one to be an exclusive, all-encompassing, luxurious experience. At Malibu Foz, guests have the option to smoke an El Septimo Cigar while lounging in private cabanas poolside or in the resort’s cinema theater, both where cuisine from the world-renowned Mensa Italian Restaurant and a full array of top-shelf liquor and wine can be enjoyed. Inside the cozy and lavish lounge, guests can enjoy a state-of-the-art ventilation system through a retractable glass ceiling, gazing at the stars while smoking an El Septimo Cigar.
The El Septimo Cigar Lounge inside Alexandra Palace features stunning décor nestled inside the centuries-old wine & cognac cellar, epitomizing the romantic and historic ambiance of the 17th-century French château. Guests are offered private tastings to pair the world’s rarest cognacs and wines with the perfect El Septimo Cigar in the 100,000 bottle cellar. Visitors can further enjoy the exclusive amenities of the 5-star hotel through the tennis courts, spa, Daniel’s Gastronomic French Restaurant, and impressive 18-hole golf course, all of which provide a glimpse into the castle lifestyle.
El Septimo cigars are premium, hand-rolled, puro cigars with fillers made of Costa Rican leaf. The cigars are rolled using the traditional Entubar Cuban rolling technique, which creates an incredibly dense, slow-burning cigar that draws incredibly easy and captures all of the blend’s optimal flavors. The tobacco is aged anywhere from 5 to 15 years, allowing the oils and flavors to develop while leaving behind an unusually rich and creamy smoke. El Septimo has put significant resources into market research, testing, and blending processes while utilizing its old-world techniques to mirror the process of aging and blending fine wine.
The Younan Collection will be opening 20 more El Septimo Cigar Lounges in strategic locations worldwide by the end of 2019, allowing customers to be fully immersed in the 5-star service that exemplifies Younan Collection hotels.
About Younan Company
The Younan Company is a global private equity firm that specializes in acquisitions and management of various assets and companies in the luxury consumer space. The company’s strategy is to build a portfolio of luxury products and properties, and lifestyle companies and services. Today, The Younan Company is recognized as a global luxury brand with more than $1.2 billion in assets under management through its subsidiaries Younan Properties and La Grande Maison Younan Collection. The Younan Collection owns and manages luxury hotels and resorts in France, including Château de Beauvois, Hôtel Saint-Martin, Château Le Prieuré, Alexandra Palace, Château de Vaugouard, and Château de la Perrière, premium cigar maker El Septimo Geneva SA ; Golf des Forges, Golf du Petit Chêne, Golf d’Avrillé, and Golf de Vaugouard ; two vineyards in Saint-Emilion, including Château la Croix Younan, and Château La Garelle, and MPA Studio de Création in Paris. It recently acquired its first beach resort, Malibu Foz Hotel and Resort in Figueira da Foz, Portugal.