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Nicolas was established in 1822 when it opened its first three stores in Paris. Until that time, customers who wanted to buy wine brought their jugs to the winemaker, who filled them from a barrel. Nicolas was the first to offer wine in a glass bottle sealed with a cork. This was a revolutionary concept and the beginning of the wine bottling industry in France. Today there are over 400 stores throughout Europe.

Here in the United States, Luneau USA Inc. is the sole importer for Castel Freres, the owner of the Nicolas wine shops and the largest wine negociant in France, as well as the fourth largest wine company globally. Castel is also the largest owner of wine in the Medoc region, and the owner of 14 Chateaux in Bordeaux.