13 July, 2007

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Established: 1949

Turnover (global): £598 million

Brands: Castel, Cachet, Virginie (France), Halana (Morocco)

Off-trade split: 90 per cent

Europe/New World split: 100/0

Castel launched its first UK-tailored wine range, Cachet, in March. It is planning a big push for its family-owned Bordeaux châteaux after a five-year investment plan. The company has recently created an overall group structure, with Isabelle Coustou joining Béziers-based group winemaker Cédric Jenin to take over the Bordeaux operations


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Richard Hemming MW: beware inverse snobbery

Few things can bring communal pleasure so intimately as wine. Apart from a hot tub, perhaps. Sport can trigger mass jubilation, film gives us shared empathy, but wine has a nigh-unique ability to bestow conviviality among us through a shared bottle – which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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