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The important Bordeaux wine trading house was founded in 1886 by Désiré Cordier (+1940) in Toul in the department of Meurthe-et-Moselle. At the beginning, it was limited to wine trading(Négociant), but in 1917, the five wine estates Château Fanning-Lafontaine, Château Gruaud-Larose, Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Château Meyney and Château Talbot were purchased, followed by others over the years (today, only the third is still owned by the company). During the First World War, there was a big boom because the company was able to sign a general contract to supply the French army with wine and spirits. Out of concern for the 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 in 1947 after interim management. In 1997, the Val-d'Orbieu group acquired the majority of shares in the Négocioant division.

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