In 1892, after a training period with his uncle in Bordeaux, Frederik Mähler, then 20 years old, decided not to take over his parents’ textile business in Arnhem (Holland) but to set up his own business in the trading of fine wines. In 1905, after his marriage to Marguerite Besse, the company took the name of Mähler-Besse. Frederik then sets about selling the great Bordeaux wines to the whole world. In 1938, his passion for fine wines led him to participate in the set up of the civil society of Château Palmer and Château Cheval Noir in Saint Émilion. The names of Cheval Noir, Vieux Moulin and Perle Blanche have since become the major trade names of the Mähler-Besse Company. The formal succession of Frederik in 1945 had been prepared as soon as 1928 when his son Henry joined the company. Franck Mähler-Besse was the third generation who participated in the company from 1971 onwards and in 1977, he took over the position of Consul of The Netherlands which he holds to this day.