The 18th century
«On the eve of the French revolution a young man stirs up the impassive phlegmatic Bordeaux wine-trade...»
Dubos Frères was founded in 1785, by Jean-Baptiste Dubos, who watched with great enthusiasm the success of the “new French clarets”. Many generations had built solid relationships with the most famous properties allowing Dubos Frères to go through the most difficult periods of the Bordeaux wine history, steadily developing new export markets until the latest descendant of Chevalier Dubos, Philippe Dubos, who ran the company until 1989.
At the same time, at the end of the 18th century, in Lyon, a silk factory was becoming very prosperous, thanks to the skills of Cyrille Cottin, grandson of the founder. For nearly two centuries, silk fabrics were exported all around the world thanks to their exceptional quality.
Cyrille Cottin, who was a great car lover also founded the famous car company, Cottin & Desgouttes. This brand won more than 130 races between 1905 and 1920.
Wine and silk
In 1997, history finally managed to unite these two families when Philippe Cottin, who ran Château Mouton Rothschild for nearly 30 years, bought Maison Dubos and with the help of his children, continued the family tradition.