French Ministry of Finance warns against money laundering through chateaux purchases
Even some small vineyard owners were expressing some of the same concerns. The purchases by Chinese "shadow corporations" were worrisome. Guess that we'll see how this shakes out.
A few of the larger operators speculated that many in China were looking for ownership papers, before their economy takes a major hit.
Some were "holding their cards, close to their chests," and resisting the many buyouts.
To me, this looks a bit like the Japanese purchases of much of the US, just before their big collapse, but what do I know?