Born in 1960, Christian Seely was educated at Harrow School and Trinity College Cambridge where he took an M.A. in English in 1982.
During the following months he accompanied his father, James Seely, wine merchant and writer, to Bordeaux, to work with him on his book “The Great Wines of Bordeaux”.
Following this experience, Christian Seely created his own company, “Presents of Mind” specialising in wines and gastronomy.
After obtaining his MBA at INSEAD in 1987, and after a year spent at l’Oréal in Paris, he worked for Guinness Mahon Development Capital, for whom he managed the turn around of several companies in which they had investments.
In October 1993 he was able to unite this work experience with his passion for wine when he was named Managing Director of Quinta do Noval, a new investment of the AXA Millésimes group in Portugal.
In the year 2000, AXA invited Christian Seely to take up the position of Managing Director of AXA Millésimes, following the retirement of Jean-Michel Cazes. Since that time he manages the AXA Millésimes group of vineyards, whose head office is based at Château Pichon Baron.
Besides this prestigious Pauillac Grand Cru Classé, Christian Seely is responsible for looking after Châteaux Pibran in Pauillac, Petit-Village in Pomerol, Suduiraut in Sauternes as well as Domaine de l’Arlot in Nuits-St-Georges, Disznókő in Hungary and Quinta do Noval in Portugal. He is also the President of the Compagnie Médocaine, the Bordeaux Négociant, which is wholly owned by AXA Millésimes. Apart from these AXA Millésimes companies, he is managing director and part owner of Quinta da Romaneira in the Douro, and co-founder and joint owner of Coates and Seely Ltd, producer of English Sparkling wine in Hampshire, England.
He lives today in the city of Bordeaux with his wife Corinne, stepson Antoine, and sons Theodore and Alexander.