From its early beginnings, Dourthe remains true to the values that have created its rich and original history - the importance of terroir, the quest for excellence and an innovative spirit.
The history of the DOURTHE family begins more than one hundred and fifty years ago, when Pierre Dourthe, who was a hotelier in Lit-et-Mixe (village located in the south of Bordeaux), opens a winemerchant business in Bordeaux. He was quite possibly totally unaware that thanks to his direct descendents, the Dourthe name would one day be associated throughout the world with the great wines of Bordeaux.
His son Jean takes over the business and settles in Bordeaux.
The 4th generation, Roger and André, buy Château Maucaillou in Moulis and lay the foundations for its future expansion, adopting a totally original approach, focusing on terroir. And unlike the vast majority of Bordeaux Houses established in Quai de Chartrons, Dourthe decides to relocate its activity to the heart of the Medoc vineyards. In so doing, Roger and André Dourthe build a reputation where the relentless quest for quality and a passion for innovation go hand in hand with an air of modesty befitting men born of the soil.
True to their values, the fifth generation, Jean-Paul Jauffret, Pierre and Philippe Dourthe, inject the ambition to conquer new markets and Dourthe gains worldwide renown for its prestigious range of exclusive wines.
Jean-Paul Jauffret becomes CEO of CVBG-DOURTHE. His connections with other highly regarded winemakers and his active role in the Bordeaux wine trade help to significantly develop Dourthe’s business.
To further its innovative reputation, Dourthe launches Beau Mayne, a premium, Bordeaux wine, which today has become a particular favourite among restaurateurs. In the same year, Dourthe acquires the leasehold of Château Belgrave Grand Cru Classé Haut-Médoc.
The famous Dourthe values are therefore shared among the multinational shareholders and in turn progressively passed on to a new management team. Its growth takes on a new dimension and in 1987, CVBG-DOURTHE becomes the number 1 wine company in Bordeaux.
Dourthe launches Dourthe N°1 white, which rapidly gains a reputation for its innovative approach and as a benchmark of quality, in the dry, white Bordeaux segment.
Dourthe purchases Château Pey La Tour, Bordeaux Supérieur and Château La Garde, Pessac-Léognan.
Dourthe releases Dourthe N°1 red and is responsible for building Bordeaux’s first major barrel hall, located in Parempuyre.
Dourthe launches its premium «Dourthe La Grande Cuvée» brand and takes over the leasehold of Château Le Boscq, Cru Bourgeois of Saint-Estèphe.
The company is the subject of a management buy out involving its three directors: Jean-Marie Chadronnier, Patrick Jestin and Xavier Gouvars, who confirm the family-oriented dimension of the company and begin the premiumisation of the Dourthe range.
Dourthe launches «Essence de Dourthe», the jewel in the crown of the Dourthe Estates, reflecting the quality efforts undertaken on its properties.
Dourthe takes over the leasehold of Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru.
Dourthe becomes part of the Alain Thiénot Champagne Group and a major shareholder, initiated by its board of directors. This new investment is testament to the major strategic choices undertaken by Dourthe, which form an integral part of a longterm vision, which is paramount in the wine sector. Patrick Jestin becomes CEO of CVBG-DOURTHE.