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A brief history

It was in 1725 that Irishman Thomas Barton settled in Bordeaux to start his company, which is today the city’s oldest winehouse still in activity. His grandson Hugh teamed up with Frenchman Daniel Guestier and in 1802 their partnership became official. From the Chartrons area in the center of Bordeaux, barrels and bottles of fine French appellation wines were loaded on board of ships that sailed via the Garonne river to numerous countries, starting with Ireland, England, Holland and the USA to reach over 130 countries at present. Thomas Jefferson was one of the first customers in the US to enjoy Barton & Guestier wines. B&G's headquarters are based at Chateau Magnol, a famous vineyard producing great wines, and also hosting the company's guesthouse and its wineschool, the B&G Food & Wine Academy. Barton & Guestier practices responsible viticulture, aiming to preserve nature and people for the centuries to come.
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Established in 1725

France, Gironde


Meet The Team

  • Florence Tessier

    After graduating with a Master of Advanced Studies degree in oenology, Florence became a qualified oenologist. She then went to work for a major supermarket group, where she held responsibilities in the laboratory, cellars, quality control, and purchasing for 14 years. She then worked in Saint-Emilion as the buyer for a négociant firm before arriving at Barton & Guestier in May 2015.

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  • Laurent Prada

    Agricultural engineer and qualified oenologist, Laurent started his winemaking career in Champagne with Veuve Clicquot. He moved forward to the Languedoc with both Piat and the Compagnie des Salins du Midi, and then in the Bordeaux area, where he managed estates in Margaux and Saint-Emilion, before joining Barton & Guestier in 2002 as Head Winemaker. Since then, Laurent and his team work in partnership with almost 200 winegrowers with whom rigorous specifications, strict guidelines and sustainable farming rules have been established to vinify, control and trace each wine. Laurent is also in charge of the winemaking at Château Magnol, Barton & Guestier’s property. Château Magnol is member of the pilot group for the Environmental Management System for Bordeaux Wines. Steps involve considerations about land, energy, water and waste water quality, carbon and water footprint, waste reduction, safety and health. (Certified ISO 14001 in 2013). In addition in 2017 Château Magnol was certified High Environmental Value – Level 3.
    Laurent’s goal in life is to give every wine lover in the world, the opportunity to experience the great wines of France and to learn more about them, and to build strong win-win relationships with our winegrowers and thus ensure a healthy planet for future generations.

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Featured Wines

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Barton & Guestier - Château MagnolChâteau Magnol

Château Magnol is the heart of Barton & Guestier! In addition of being a great wine, Chateau Magnol is also the company head quarters, a guesthouse and a wine school: the B&G Food & Wine Academy. Château Magnol is an elegant and fruity Cru Bourgeois wine, from the Haut-Médoc appellation. The property counts 30 (75 acres) hectares and is located close to Bordeaux on the left bank of the Gironde river, where it benefits of a micro-climate thanks to its proximity to the Atlantic ocean and the estuary. The soil consists of gravel and sand and the plantation proportions stand to 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. The average age of the vines is 22 years. The wine is made according sustainable farming rules and Chateau Magnol was certified "High Environmental Value" - level 3. No sulphites are used during the vinifications. The wine is aged in 350-ltr oak barrels for a smooth exchange between oak and wine, during 12 months.