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    War of the Rosés? Brad Pitt Is Suing Angelina Jolie for Selling Her Stake in Their French Vineyard

    Brad Pitt is suing ex-wife Angelina Jolie for selling her stake in a French vineyard that they owned together.

    The former Hollywood megawatt couple bought controlling interest in Chateau Miraval in 2008 for $25 million, according to a PA Media report published by Bloomberg. The estate, which includes a 35-room manor and the vineyard, is located in the village of Correns in southeastern France.  In 2014, the couple married on the grounds of the vineyard before divorcing two years later. Both had agreed to never sell their respective interests in the property without the other’s consent, according to the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Thursday. Pitt now claims that Jolie sold her stake in the property to a Luxembourg-based spirits manufacturer that’s controlled by Russian oligarch Yuri Shefler, without his approval.

    For her part, Jolie disputes that claim. The Oscar-winning actress says that she “informed Pitt in writing” of her decision in January 2021, according to the BBC. In the lawsuit, she claims that she had reached the “painful decision, with a heavy heart” and no longer wanted to own an alcohol business because of her personal objections. Legal documents obtained by PA Media show that Pitt contributed 60 percent to its purchase, and Jolie paid the remaining 40 percent.

    The Miraval estate in southern France. 

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    Pitt’s lawyers say the move to sell was intended to cause “gratuitous harm” to the Oscar-winning actor, who had “poured money and sweat equity into the wine business.” The suit claims that, under his stewardship, the vineyard has grown into a “multimillion-dollar international success story.” The complaint goes on to allege that “[Jolie] sold her interest with the knowledge and intention that Shefler and his affiliates would seek to control the business to which Pitt had devoted himself and to undermine Pitt’s investment in Miraval.”
    As for the buyer, Shefler is the 54-year-old owner of SPI Group, which produces and sells alcohol in 170 countries. The company’s best-known brand is Stolichnaya vodka, which he bought for $285,000 in 1997. According to Forbes, the Russian businessman has a current net worth of $2.5 billion. Those credentials clearly don’t matter much to Pitt, who calls the vineyard his “passion” in the lawsuit. Indeed, the actor has been productive at the estate. In 2020, after five years of research and testing, he launched Fleur de Miraval, the only Champagne house devoted to Rosé. Meanwhile, the label’s Côtes de Provence Rosé 2020 has been both a critical and market hit.

    While a settlement between the two parties could still be in the offing, as of now lawyers for Pitt have requested a trial by jury. Stay tuned. More

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    A Look At 4 Incredible International Homes (PHOTOS)

    Take a look at these 4 incredible international “Homes of the Rich”! HOME #1 – This home is located in South Africa and features 32,000 square feet of living space, 2-story library, 33-car subterranean garage, pool and more. HOME #2 – This home is located in France and features 32,000 square feet of living space […] More

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    Chateau Louis XIV – A $300 Million Mega Mansion In France (PHOTOS)

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    Dubbed “Chateau Louis XIV”, this jaw-dropping castle-esque estate is located in France (coordinates 48.8499°N 2.1204°E). It was designed by renowned French architect Pierre Bortolussi and built by Cogemad. Construction started  in October 2008 and finished in June 2011. It was modeled after Vaux-le-Vicomte and built around a moat. It sold for a record-breaking $301 million in 2015 to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
    The grand interior features over 53,000 square feet of living space with extensive marble and gold leaf throughout. Rooms include a grand foyer with marble staircase, amazing 50 foot high grand salon, gourmet kitchen, multiple reception rooms, home theater, wine cellar, indoor racquetball court, indoor swimming pool with spa, steam room and sauna, massage room, ball room, nightclub, lounge areas made of glass with views of the fish and much more. The rear of the home features a grand terrace with double staircase leading to a swimming pool. The grounds feature spectacular formal gardens, fountains, a stable and more.

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    €68 Million Villa In Saint Tropez

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    LOCATION: Saint Tropez, Provence-Alpes-Cote D’Azur, France
    SQUARE FOOTAGE: 15,338
    BEDROOMS & BATHROOMS: 7 bedrooms & 14 bathrooms
    PRICE: €68,000,000
    This luxurious villa is located in Saint Tropez, Provence-Alpes-Cote D’Azur, France.

    It features approximately 15,338 square feet of living space with 7 bedrooms, 6 full and 8 half bathrooms, open concept living & dining rooms, gourmet kitchen, breakfast room, home theater, gym, steam room and more.
    Outdoor features include terraces, swimming pool and gardens.
    It is listed at €68,000,000. More

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    Johnny Depp’s $55 Million French Village Has a Bistro, Wine Cave and Skate Park. Now It’s Up for Sale—Again.

    When Johnny Depp first listed his French estate back in 2015 and 2016, the asking price wavered between $25 million and $63 million, according to Variety, and the place never sold. Now he’s now preparing to re-list the property for about $55.5 million, according to news reports.
    It’s possible the quirky actor, known for his role as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise, is reading the times right. After months of being cooped up in private residences, who wouldn’t want to own an estate like this: It’s actually an entire village, complete with a bistro, a wine cave, a skate park and several houses. Once abandoned, the village sits in Provence’s Le Plan De La Tour, a small region about a dozen miles outside of the Côte d’Azur hot spot of Saint-Tropez. It’s loaded with charm, as well as bathrooms—count them, 14—and bedrooms (15), dispersed over six guest cottages and one main residence.

    The village church was converted into a guest cottage.  Photo: Courtesy of Gibson Sotheby’s

    Depp purchased the compound in 2001 for an undisclosed amount and went on to spend millions renovating the 19th-century buildings, according to Toptenrealestatedeals.com. All this was during the 14 years he spent in a relationship with French actor and singer Vanessa Paradis. The couple spent time there with their two children, Lily-Rose and Jack, enjoying the village’s two swimming pools, dining at the onsite bistro Depp named Chez Marceline and exploring the lush surroundings, featuring 300-year-old oaks, olive trees and vineyards, until their split in 2012. Depp is reported to have decorated the structures himself.
    The 4,500-square-foot main residence includes five bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, while one of the six guest homes was originally the town’s church. The village also includes a covered wagon with a bath and kitchen, a full gym, a pirate-like lair and an art studio, along with outdoor dining in the town square. Square footage for the living spaces has been reported to be between 12,900 and 14,500 square feet.
    Depp is reported to have decorated the restored spaces himself.  Photo: Courtesy of Gibson Sotheby’s

    A cave suited to a pirate  Photo: Courtesy of Gibson Sotheby’s

    One of two pools on the property  Photo: Courtesy of Gibson Sotheby’s

    The lush grounds  Photo: Courtesy of Gibson Sotheby’s

    The once-abandoned village is just miles from the port of Saint-Tropez.  Photo: Courtesy of Gibson Sotheby’s More

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    Home of the Week: Brigitte Bardot’s Former French Riviera Retreat Lists for $6.5 Million

    When sultry French actor and model Brigitte Bardot split from her film director husband Roger Vadim in 1957, she needed a sanctuary to escape the paparazzi.
    The then 24-year-old found it at Le Castelet, a villa on the Côte d’Azur, up in the hills behind Cannes, with views of the earthy-red Esterél Mountains and the blue, blue Mediterranean.

    Legend has it that she planned to buy the estate and call it home. That was until Bardot’s mother persuaded her to buy a less expensive villa “with a foot in the sea” in a sleepy fishing village called St. Tropez. The rest, as they say, is history.

    Now the owner of Le Castelet, Swedish economist Bi Puranen, is selling the estate for $6.48 million after running it as a boutique hotel—weekly high-season rates start at $15,000—after acquiring it 22 years ago.
    “Brigitte Bardot came to stay at Le Castelet in the spring of 1958, to the enjoyment of many young boys in the village,” explains Puranen in the hotel’s brochure. “One neighbor told us they climbed trees and walls along the alley to get a glimpse of the film star by the pool.” Maybe that’s another reason she sought out a different villa in once-sleepy St. Tropez.
    The guest villa and pool.  Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s International Real Estate

    Perched on a 1.46-acre hillside bluff a short croissant run from the quaint Provençal village of Peymeinade, the estate features a 6,458-square-foot, eight-bedroom main house and a separate five-bedroom guest house.
    Within its tall stone perimeter walls, the estate has two swimming pools, three vineyards, an olive grove, artist’s studio, boules court and a traditional bastide stone tower. Plus a massive poolside terrace with a table big enough to host 60 guests for dinner.
    The salon.  Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s International Real Estate

    While the main buildings date back to the 1800s, parts of the stone walls are from the 1200s. After “rescuing” the estate in 1998, Puranen spent more than 13 years restoring and modernizing the rambling, now air-conditioned, property while preserving its historic character.
    The covered terrace dining and lounge area.  Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s International Real Estate

    Inside the four-story main house, with its barrel-tile roof, exposed stonework, copper gutters and traditional jalousie shutters, it’s all rough-hewn beams, white plaster and stonework. The main living area has 12-foot ceilings, features a Louis XIV fireplace, ornate wrought-iron staircase and towering arched glass doors leading out on to a terrace.

    Views stretch to the sea from the master suite.  Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s International Real Estate

    The rustic country kitchen blends old with new, combining a state-of-the-art Le Cornue range with wall tiles from medieval Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
    The tower’s staircase to the master suite.  Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s International Real Estate

    A staircase inside that circular tower leads up to the second floor with its charming master suite. It comes with an adjoining library, a bathroom with ancient handmade tiles from Avignon and glass doors leading out on to a private terrace.
    But it’s the grounds of Le Castelet that set the property apart. Two tiers of enormous stone decks are perfect for al fresco entertaining.
    The upper deck, where Bardot basked in the sun, now features a serene Japanese reflection pool. Elegant stone steps lead down to a recently-added 75-foot-long infinity pool with underwater speakers.
    Another of the villa’s 13 bedrooms.  Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s International Real Estate

    On this deck are two huge covered loggias with an outdoor kitchen and pizza oven, along with a 150-inch drop-down screen—perfect for showing Bardot’s And God Created Woman, a 1956 classic.   
    The separate five-bedroom guest house has its own 60-foot heated pool. Tucked out of sight is a stone cabanon, or cabin. With its fireplace, Bang & Olufsen sound system and comfy sofa, it makes the perfect hideaway for that sunset glass of wine.
    Another living room.  Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s International Real Estate

    From here you can gaze out over the three vineyards growing Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and the local Mourvedre grapes.  Or across to the ancient olive grove with more than 100 trees.
    As for the location, Le Castelet is a 35-minute drive from Cannes.
    Michaël Zingraf Real Estate, part of Christie’s International, holds the listing. More