1891-1987 - Building up the Trade
The company was founded in Beaune in 1891.
At its beginnings, the company was a small trading house, directed by Jean-Baptiste Béjot.
1988-2001 - From trader to winemaker
The young 27 year-old Vincent SAUVESTRE, who was driven by the same pioneering spirit as his father Roger, took over the family business in 1988.
While continuing to develop the trade, he operated a change in strategy by buying Burgundy properties and became a major grower and winemaker.
Over time, the company extended its reach through the purchase of properties in Chablis, Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise and Côte Mâconnaise. Vincent Sauvestre appointed experienced managers to run each property, all of whom are dedicated to bringing out the best of their respective terroirs.
To improve logistics and ensure the best possible service for its clients, the company moved to Meursault, where it set up its Head Office and its production facilities, constantly modernised over the years.
2002-2010 - Selected and sustained external growth
During this period, alongside its organic development, the Group undertook a series of acquisitions to strengthen its position in its two strategic businesses: winemaking and wine trading.
Extending its reach to the vineyards of Southern France:
2002 : Clos des Miran, Pont Saint Esprit, Côtes du Rhône
2004 : Château La Boutignane, Fabrezan, Corbières
2006 : Château La Galinière, Châteauneuf-Le-Rouge, Côtes de Provence
2010 : Domaine de Mongillon, Visan, Côtes du Rhône
2010 : Domaine de Saint Paul, Colombiers, Languedoc
The purchases of Burgundy properties with strong brand equity:
2001 : Maison Protheau, Mercurey
2003 : Maison Moingeon, le spécialiste du Crémant, Nuits-Saint- Georges
2004 : Maison Chartron et Trébuchet, Puligny-Montrachet
2008 : Maison Moillard, Nuits-Saint-Georges
This latest operation has enabled the Group to become the fourth-largest Burgundy operator, doubling annual sales.
2011- 2012 - Optimising production facilities to improve performance
Driven by the success of its acquisitions and the determination to constantly improve customer service, Vincent Sauvestre undertook a massive building programme to add 11,000 sq. m. to the company’s existing facilities.
This extension, which increased the production facility to 20,000 sq. m. enlarged fermentation and vatting capacities to 45,000hl, enabling the production of 20 million bottles per annum, with the addition of two production lines.
The objective of Vincent Sauvestre, CEO, is clear: “to increase market share and constantly improve client satisfaction.”
2013-2016 - BEJOT vins & terroirs continues in its quest for excellence
New terroirs of remarkable quality and prestigious signatures contribute to the reputation of the House.
2013: BEJOT vins & terroirs resumes the marketing of the wines from the Hospices de Beaujeu starting from the 2015 vintage.
2014: Purchase of Maison Corton André in Aloxe Corton (21); The signature Pierre André joined the portfolio of BEJOT vins & terroirs.
2015: Resumed the management of Domaine du Chapitre located in the Mâconnais, at Chapelle-de-Guinchay (71).