Built in the 18th Century, the property that is now Maison 1899 once belonged to the prominent Ginestet family. The property remained in their ownership for 110 years.
The Ginestet family have been wine traders since the 1890s. Headed by the patriarch Fernand Ginestet, who was also a co-owner of Château Margaux and owner of Château Cos d’Estournel, the family had set up their négociant business at 81 Cours St-Louis in 1899, an 8-minute car ride from the house.
1899 was an auspicious year for Bordeaux. It was one of a pair of high-quality, prolific vintages, very much like today’s 1989 or 1990. It was also proof that despite phylloxera, which had hit Bordeaux in 1875 to 1892, Bordeaux could still produce exceptional vintages that combined quantity with high quality.
In 2020, the ownership of the house was transferred to a dear friend of a descendant of the Ginestet family, an avid wine collector who is devoted to the perpetuation of the Bordeaux wine trade.
We look forward to welcoming you
Maison 1899 is a place where wine lovers from around the world can gather and share their passion for wine. With a presence in Bordeaux, Hong Kong and Shanghai, we host numerous exclusive events, wine dinners and winery visits.
We invite you to experience the French way of life (‘l’Art de Vivre’) with us. Between land and sea, illustrious vineyards and historic residences, our dedicated team can help you curate bespoke gastronomic and viticultural experiences, tailored stays, and memorable visits to some of the world’s most exclusive settings.
For true wine lovers to procure rare and fine bottles.
We are targeting to have our first preview auction in the summer of 2021. This is also an opportunity for true wine lovers to procure rare and fine bottles that are hard to come by and enquire about the Maison 1899 membership.
The house is under renovation.