The TAILLAN Group (€180 million in sales, 350 employees) was founded in 1961 by Jacques Merlaut. It is headed today by his son Denis Merlaut. The family-run company has grown through the acquisitions of three trading houses : Maison Ginestet (Grands Crus Classés, Chateaux), Joseph Verdier (Loire, IGP, VDF, VDPCEE), Vignobles & Compagnie (Rhône, Languedoc, Provence, IGP OC).
The cellar of Château Citran
On the strength of his international reputation as an expert in Grands Crus Classés, the Taillan Group is the owner of 21 châteaux (representing 492 hectares) in Bordeaux, the Loire Valley and Cahors. Among the most famous are Gruaud Larose (2nd cru classé), Château Citran (cru bourgeois) et Château Broustet (2nd cru classé).
The Taillan Group also owns the Cash Vin chain of wine stores in southern France.
One of bottling lines of Maison Ginestet
Thanks to its considerable production capacities, family know-how and high technologies, the Group markets around 60 million bottles a year.
The products are exported to 70 countries, and have been for 50 years now. To keep as close as possible to our clients, we have had commercial offices in Tokyo, Dallas, Hong Kong and Shanghai for many years. Our local teams specialized in their specific markets provide support in terms of education, promotion and product marketing.
For over 50 years, the Taillan Group and Merlaut family have been renowned for their expertise in the wine business.
Jacques Merlaut creates TAILLAN Group
The acquisitions of the group
Joseph Verdier – Loire Valley
La Compagnie Rhodanienne (Vignobles & Compagnie since 2017) – Rhône Valley
Château Chasse-Spleen, Cru Bourgeois Exceptionel – Moulis
Maison Ginestet – Bordeaux
Château La Gurgue, Cru Bourgeois – Margaux
Château Haut-Bages Libéral, Fifth Cru Classé – Pauillac
Château Ferrière, Third Cru Classé – Margaux
Beijing Taillan Wines – China (joint-venture)
Château Citran, Cru bourgeois Supérieur – Avensan
Château Gruaud-Larose, Second Cru Classé – Saint Julien
Osoyoos Larose – British Columbia – Canada
Creation of the “Vignobles de Terroirs” holding and formation of a group of wine estates on top-quality terroirs.
Chateau Broustet, Second Cru Classé – Sauternes
Japan : Tokyo
Chine : Shanghai
Hong Kong : Taillan Fine Wines
USA : Dallas