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The origin of today called "Maison sickle" Bordeaux wine trade house lies in the middle of the 18th century. Since then, the widely ramified family of German origin deals with wine. In 1857 the descendant Hermann Sichel (born 1791) founded Mainz the wine and spirits trading house H. Sichel and sons. It followed in 1883 a branch in Bordeaux, which is one of the most renowned wine trade houses there today. Walter Sichel (1906-1989) studied the wine business in Geisenheim, Bordeaux and Spain and founded in 1927 a branch in London and took in 1935 British citizenship.

The remaining family members were scattered all over the world. In the 1930s the brand name "Blue Nun" was created by the company in Mainz (Blue Nun - the label is decorated with blue-robed nuns). This wine raised in terms of quality from the usual Liebfraumilch and from the 1950s became one of the most successful wines in the world. Today, more than two million boxes are exported worldwide each year, well over half of them to the USA. The wine is blended at the company's headquarters in Mainz.

In 1992, the trading house Edmond Coste was acquired in Langon. Successor of Peter Sichel, who died in 1998, was his son Allan. Three of his brothers share the responsibility for export, the fourth named Benjamin leads the family winery Château d'Angludet (Margaux). The company is the owner or owner of several wineries, such as Château Palmer (Margaux) and others in the fields Corbières and Graves, The brand wine "Sirius" produced under the appellation name "Bordeaux" was created in 1985. The red wine is blended from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with shares of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, the white wine from Sémillon with some Sauvignon Blanc pressed.

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