The history of the company Mähler-Besse begins in 1892, when Fréderik Mähler, then 20, decides to leave the Netherlands to settle in Bordeaux, in the trade of fine wines and spirits. In 1905, he married Marguerite Besse and gave his company an international dimension while branching out into northern Europe, the Netherlands Antilles, Russia, Canada…. In 1928, his son Henry also came to help him. Together, they add the passion of the vineyard to that of wine, becoming co-owners in 1938 of Château Palmer in Margaux and then buying Château Cheval Noir in St. Emilion.
We are a family owned and operated business.
Shortly after World War II, Frederik leaves control of the company to his son Henry. For more than 30 years, it has been making the company prosper and becoming consul of the Netherlands in Bordeaux.