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Founded in 1830, Seignouret Frères is one of the oldest trading houses in the Bordeaux marketplace. The history of its founder, François Seignouret, sounds like a tale of the American dream. Born in Bordeaux in 1783, François Seignouret left for New Orleans in 1808. The city had just passed into American hands and was booming. It was there that François embarked on a successful career as an upholsterer and furniture maker.

By 1820, his reputation had spread beyond the borders of Louisiana. He was considered the creator of the most elegant furniture in the Deep South. Still today, to own a “Seignouret” is a privilege.

However, François Seignouret did not forget his Bordeaux roots. In 1829 he acquired Château Dillon in Blanquefort, a vast vineyard of around sixty hectares, which would stay in the family until 1956.

Seignouret founded an export house on Rue de la Verrerie in 1830 to market his wines. As historian Joelle Chevré explains in the journal Le Festin, he converted his workshops in New Orleans into wine cellars where he bottled not only Château Dillon, but also names such as the Châteaux Margaux, Lafite, Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Haut-Brion and other Bordeaux grands crus.

He passed away in Bordeaux in 1852.

In 1927, the Maison Seignouret Frères passed into the hands of the Brou de Laurière family before being taken over by Laurent Barrier and Erwan Flageul in 2011.

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