Borie Casteja Animation Participations (BCAP) has joined the big league of Bordeaux traders in acquiring a majority stake in its counterpart, Mähler-Besse.

The transaction, for an undisclosed sum, was announced late last week.

"BCAP will bring Mähler-Besse the shareholder stability it has been searching for, alongside existing family members, such as Franck Mähler-Besse and allow it to pursue its development in serene fashion,” said BCAP's Philippe Castéja.

Mähler-Besse is known for the distribution of Bordeaux wines and its estates located in the best appellations. Last year, it has an annual turnover of EUR32m (US$43m) and will lift BCAP's own turnover to around EUR140m.

BCAP's portfolio includes Borie-Manoux, Grands Vins de Gironde de Luze and Drouet Frères (Loire wines) as well as grands crus estates - Château Batailley, Château Lynch-Moussas and Château Trotte Vieille.