Profiles - Negociants



There are around 400 negociants in Bordeaux.


Top Ten By Turnover (according to figures available, but I am happy to get an update on this from the negociants themselves if any figures are incorrect)

1) Castel – €952 million (2004), 447 million bottles, over 5,000 references, 40% export.
2) Grands Chais de France – €570 million (2005, 70% export). Its Caves de Landiras (in Bordeaux region) reported earning of €180 million in 2005.
3) Baron Philippe de Rothschild – €170 million (2005, 80% export).
4) CVBG – €110 million (2005, 56% export).
5) Grand Vins Gironde – €90 million (2006, 35% export). Bordeaux’s largest ‘merchant grower’, now owned by Barclays Private Equity, with Rémy Cointreau minority shareholders.
6) Yvon Mau – €80 million (2004, owned by Friexenet)
7) Sovex-Woltner www.sovex-woltner.com – €76 million (2002, 60% export) – 20 million cases, 25% grand cru classés, 35% brands, 35% ‘domaines et chateaux’.
8) Ginestet (part of Bernard Taillan) – €80 million (2005, 45% export). 30 million bottles a year, of which 12 million are brands (Ginestet, French Roots, Marquis de Chasse).
9) Oenoalliance – €75 million (2005, 35% export). The company is the result of a merger of Clossmann & cie, André Quancard André, Promocom, Celliers de Beychac, Vinyrama and Socav, covering Bordeaux (66% of output) and the south of France.
10) Cordier Mestrezat – €50 million (2005, 67% export). 52% grand cru classés.