Following a post found on the Château Loisel site regarding Latour de France in the Roussillon and called "18 hectares escape from the hands of the cooperators": I personally feel that it is best that a vineyard be sold to a foreigner than being up-rooted, even if it means that the cooperative loses a member. The county, the appellation get a positive boost of energy (and in this specific case Nicolas and Miren de Lorgeril). A winning proposition for them of course, and for the wine: this repeat of a new acquisition proves the interest of this wine region.
So, no hard feelings. The private wineries and cooperatives are complementary: we can see it here in Saint Emilion where the Union des Producteurs shows that it is a leader, not a follower. Men, always men, in whatever system, are the key to success.
I recommend you to read a nice text written by Michel Bettane on http://www.presse-vin.com/blogs.php
I believe it is not worth giving so much attention to Nossiter’s book. Even if it is useful to reaffirm our strong belief concerning the “small French sect” of worshippers bio-cons, voluntarily taken hostage (I know…) for having thoughts contrary to the so-called simple unique thinking, and so vulgar: good wines are made from good grapes.
On the Dutch side, David Bolomey writes about Clos Badon on his blog : http://bordoverview.blogspot.com/