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This important French wine trading company was shaped by two families, the Borie family and the Castéja family. It was founded in Pauillac in 1870 by Pierre Borie in Pauillac under the name of "Négociant Borie". The sons Eugène Borie (1862-1911) and Emile Borie (1865-1911) continued the wine trade, but in 1901 they started to produce wine from their own vineyards. Eugène's sons Francis (1890-1953) and Marcel Borie (1892-1958) renamed the company "Eugène Borie Frères". In 1932, the brothers bought the then undivided Château Batailley. The brothers then decided to separate in 1939.

Château Batailley was divided, the larger part went to Marcel Borie, the smaller part under the name Château Haut-Batailley to Francis Borie, who bought Château Ducru-Beaucaillou in 1941. The latter was taken over by Francis' son Jean-Eugène Borie (1921-1998), Château Haut-Batailley by daughter Françoise Brest-Borie. Jean-Eugène Borie bought Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste in 1978 and handed it over to his son François-Xavier Borie. He is the owner of Domaines François-Xavier Borie (Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste) and also runs his aunt's Château Haut-Bailley. His brother Bruno Borie runs the company Châteaux & Domaines Jean-Eugène Borie with several wineries.

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