Christie's Great Estates Strengthens Position in France with Addition of a Third Affiliate

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Maxwell-Storrie-Baynes Joins Leading International Network of Real Estate Brokers Specializing in the Marketing and Sales of High-value Properties

Le Petit Verdus in Bordeaux, a magnificent Chateau represented by Maxwell-Storrie-Baynes

“We are not aware of another company in the world today with such an intimate understanding and expertise in our core business—both wine and real estate,” says Michael Baynes, co-owner of Maxwell-Storrie-Baynes.

Christie's Great Estates, the world's leading luxury real estate network, has awarded affiliate status to Maxwell-Storrie-Baynes. The firm joins Daniel Féau Conseil Immobilier and John Taylor, to become the network's third affiliate in France, and will exclusively represent the Christie's brand in Bordeaux, including the Charente and Dordogne Valleys, and the department Gironde. Wholly owned by Christie's, the world's leading art business, Christie's Great Estates is represented in more than 40 countries. Maxwell-Storrie-Baynes joins this carefully selected organization of brokerages with proven records of success in both high-end property sales and exemplary client service.

"Given the continuously growing interest in wine--Christie's sold US$50.4 million (€36.3 million) at auction in 2009 and held 15 wine sales in Europe alone--we are delighted to welcome to the network a firm specializing in vineyards and châteaux in one of the world's most renowned wine regions," says Neil Palmer, Chief Executive Officer of Christie's Great Estates.

"Bordeaux as a wine region has worldwide recognition and has over the years also proven to be an increasingly popular market for buyers of wine châteaux, as well as secondary homes," says Joachim Wrang-Widén, Christie's Great Estates European Director of Real Estate. "We are therefore very pleased to announce that we now have representation in this important market through Maxwell-Storrie-Baynes."

"We are not aware of another company in the world today with such an intimate understanding and expertise in our core business--both wine and real estate," says Michael Baynes, co-owner of Maxwell-Storrie-Baynes. "For Maxwell-Storrie-Baynes we have found the perfect partner in Christie's Great Estates as we bring the fine homes and vineyards of Bordeaux, Cognac, and the Dordogne Valley to the world with them."

Located in France's picturesque southwestern region, Bordeaux as the capital of Aquitaine was adjoined to England in 1152 for almost 300 years as a result of the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine to King Henry II of England. Since then, Bordeaux has enjoyed a special relationship with the Anglos that prospered greatly as a result of England's demand for wines grown in the region. Today visitors and residents alike adore Bordeaux for its climate, culture, and breathtaking beauty. There are some 2,000 wine châteaux in the region with 4,000 wine labels including names such as Château Latour, Château Margaux, Château Haut Brion, Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Ausone, Château Petrus, and Château Cheval Blanc. The city of Bordeaux is the largest UNESCO World Heritage Site, covering 1,810 Hectares--its stunning Haussmann architecture with squares and wide boulevards are reminiscent of Paris. With a population of more than one million, it is a large and sophisticated city, underwritten by great wealth and variety.

Together with Christie's Great Estates, Maxwell-Storrie-Baynes provides world-class representation, advice and marketing expertise for some of the most significant and famous names in wine real estate today.

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