France's leading web-based wine retailer ChateauOnline is merging with the top-of-the-market wine cellar chain Le Repaire de Bacchus.

The two firms, who have the same parent company, Angostura - the wines and spirits division of the CL Financial group - will have a joint turnover of just over €22m for 2005.

Le Repaire de Bacchus has 38 boutiques, mostly in the Paris region and these outlets will offer customers on-line access to ChateauOnline's selection of around 5,000 wines.