At La Grande Maison Younan Collection, guests experience the French art de vivre at our six exceptional chateaux-hotels.
Located in the Loire Valley and a short drive from Tours, this castle sits among 57 acres of hiking woodlands which was once frequented by King Louis XIII. This 4-star jewel has been completely renovated and offers guests 35 sumptuously decorated rooms and suites, a gastronomic restaurant, open terraces and manicured gardens, heated swimming pool, and a wine cave boasting thousands of bottles.
In warmer months, guests drink and dine outdoors while they enjoy the pool lounge, private cabanas, tennis courts, and live music. Chateau de Beauvois is a favorite among couples who desire a fairytale wedding.
In the heart of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, it has cultivated the art of hospitality over the centuries as a welcome respite for weary travelers. This 4-star boutique hotel offers just 10 meticulously renovated rooms and two suites and presides within a magnificent park facing the Sevre Niortaise River.
Hotel Saint-Martin offers guests an outdoor lounge, heated swimming pool, and regional gastronomic cuisine served at Le Logis.
Sitting on a promontory at the bank of the largest river in France, Le Prieuré boasts breathtaking views of the Loire Valley and offers a “unique” panoramic view of the Loire River!
The newly-renovated 4-star castle offers mini-golf, and tennis courts while being complemented by Le Castellane, a world-class restaurant that serves a gastronomic dining experience to all its guests.
Situated in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, this registered national monument of France is a golfer’s paradise. Nestled among 160 acres of lush forestry and a world-class golf course, this 5-star chateau offers exclusive suites beautifully draped in rich French history.
From exploring the ornate grounds to enjoying the classic wine cellar or the cognac room and also discovering the menu at the restaurant and bar, Alexandra Palace offers visitors a taste of royalty in the 21st century.
Discover this exceptional environment with its quality, wooded and landscaped 18-hole Golf Course, scattered with ornamental lakes. The lounges, seminar center, swimming pool, sauna, and fitness center are built around this luxurious green setting.
The refined cuisine will allow you to forget daily stress, whether at the bar at lunchtime or the gastronomic restaurant in the evening. The Domaine also has a tennis court, bar, and a petanque ground. Located in Montargis (1h30 from Paris).
First Time Premium Cigar Company Releases 50 Ring Gauge Cigars to Meet U.S. Demand
Geneva, SA, February 19, 2020 -- El Septimo, Geneva, SA, makers of world-renowned premium cigars, has announced its latest addition to its growing collection. The Gilgamesh Collection will offer the brand’s first 50 ring gauge cigars.
The Gilgamesh Collection is named after “The Epic of Gilgamesh,” symbolizing one of the oldest stories written into existence. Based on the historical records of Assyrian King Gilgamesh who ruled in 2700 BC in Mesopotamia, King Gilgamesh was considered the strongest, wisest and most handsome of all mortals. His rule was so epic that great legends were inspired by his deeds afterward. El Septimo’s new Collection is named after King Gilgamesh because as a brand in the premium cigar industry, El Septimo is known to inspire new products with groundbreaking ideas and research into growing and aging the best tobacco through precision farming, blending techniques, aging and rolling processes, and market research. El Septimo continues to step outside the box and encourage men and women alike to enjoy the premium cigar lifestyle, using science to find the most luxurious blends to pair with the most exclusive designs and packaging. This Epic symbolizes the love and pleasure that people take in enjoying God’s natural resources—which is exactly how one should feel when enjoying a premium El Septimo Cigar.
Zaya S. Younan, Chairman & CEO of La Grande Maison Younan Collection and El Septimo Cigars, explained El Septimo’s growing audience in the U.S. “Since acquiring El Septimo in early 2019, we have expanded the brand with new cigar offerings and U.S. distribution to make it easier to acquire our premium cigars. El Septimo is known for its larger gauge cigars due to the fact that each cigar is hand-assembled with many different tobacco leaves aged in different environments, providing exceptional flavors while engaging optimal aging and blending processes. Because our wrappers consist of 25-75% of the entire cigar’s flavor in our various collections, our bigger gauge cigars are known for providing an intense flavor due to the binder, tobacco filler, and wrapper ratio. However, due to the significant growth of the brand, we realized there was a market need for smaller gauge cigars so we concentrated on developing a new brand to satisfy this market.” The addition of the Gilgamesh Collection expands El Septimo’s offerings to now carry 42 different blends.
The Gilgamesh Collection initially will offer the cigars in medium and full-bodied strengths, each possessing a milder light-up due to the distance of the heat being further away from the palate. Wrapped in dark and oily Maduro wrappers, the two blends offer hints of a cedar aroma that evolve into scents of pine nuts and white pepper. Soft flavors of coffee and light cream notes find a presence on the tongue as an even ash builds, despite very little rotating. Smokers will experience a gradual pace with a perfect balance between thickness and length, as the final flavor profile ends with a spicy kick of chili flakes and black pepper, fully engaging the “seventh sense.” Like other cigars produced by El Septimo, The Gilgamesh Collection is sourced from exceptional Costa Rican plants that are grown in high altitude conditions. The tobacco is aged anywhere from five to fifteen years, allowing oils and flavors to develop while leaving behind an unusually rich and creamy smoke.
The Gilgamesh Collection is the second new Collection that El Septimo has offered in less than a year. The Alexandra Collection was introduced in June of 2019 as the first cigar line grown and blended exclusively for women. The company has sold more than 250,000 sticks this past year alone. “We continue to put significant resources into market research, testing, and blending techniques so that we stay ahead of the curve in satisfying the demands of the premium cigar market. Quality, experience, and technical innovation will be the cornerstone of our growth strategy,” Younan concluded.
The Gilgamesh Collection is now available in limited quantity Preorders worldwide at the El Septimo website. The Collection will be available for sale worldwide in Mid-March of 2020. All other 40 blends of El Septimo Cigars can also be purchased globally at the El Septimo website, as well as through U.S retailers Cedar Room Fine Cigars & Lounge in Scottsdale, AZ, Stixx Private Cigar Lounge in Woodland Hills, CA, The French Laundry in Yountville, CA, and Conquistador Cigar Parlor in Brooklyn, NY.
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 Zaya, and MPA Studio de Création in Paris. It recently launched its first beach resort, Malibu Foz Hotel and Resort in Figueira da Foz, Portugal.
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.