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Cordier

The important thing Bordeaux wine trading house was founded in 1886 by Désiré Cordier (+1940) in Toul in the Meurthe-et-Moselle department. Initially, it was limited to the wine trade ( Négociant ), but in 1917 the five wineries became Château Fanning-Lafontaine, Château Gruaud-Larose. Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey. Chateau Meyney and Château Talbot bought, followed by others over the years (today only the third is owned by the company). There was a great boom in the First World War because the company was able to conclude a general contract for the supply of wine and spirits to the French army. Out of concern for enemy troops, the company headquarters were moved to Bordeaux. After the death of the founder in 1940, his son Jean Cordier took over the management of the company after interim management. In 1997 the Val-d'Orbieu group acquired the majority of the shares on Négocioant area,

Finally, in 2001, the Cordier and Mestrezat retailers merged; The new company now operates under the name Cordier Mestrezat Grands Crus . In the course of a structural adjustment, the six wineries Château Blaignan, Château Grand-Puy Ducasse, Château Lamothe-Bergeron, Chateau Meyney, Château Plagnac and Château de Rayne-Vigneau sold to Banque Crédit-Agricole in 2004. Have remained in possession Château Clos des Jacobins (St-Émilion) and Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey (Sauternes). Foreign joint ventures exist with the winery Montana in New Zealand and with the Ste-Genevíeve Wines winery in Texas (USA). Export accounts for more than half of the business. The products are not sold through the free market, but exclusively to partners.

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