The first known member is Hans Cruse (1650-1734) who was brewer and Rector of Crempe in Denmark.
His grand son Jean-Christian Cruse (1742-1828) had a high position in the Lutheran ministry in Segeberg (Duchy of Holstein), he was invited every year for dinner at the court of Denmark.
One of his sons Hermann (I) Cruse (1790-1855) founded the CRUSE & Fils Frères company in Bordeaux, and married Emma RAAKE, in 1820. She was coming from a powerful Family of Bremen, Germany. During the financial crisis of 1848, thanks to his wife's financial support, he could buy most of the exceptional harvest of 1847. This stunning action was surprising as the market was paralyzed. As he could not store the whole harvest in Bordeaux, he organized the first "Mise en bouteille au Château" for Château LAFITE.
Hermann (I) was a restless worker, with the help of his three sons, he developed CRUSE & Fils Frères which became one of the major wine trading company in Bordeaux. When he came to Bordeaux in 1851 Napoléon III visited the company.
In 1852, besides his trader's activity, Hermann Cruse started acquiring wine growing estates and purchased Château Laujac.
After Château Laujac, the famous châteaux La Dame Blanche, Pontet-Canet, Haut-Bages Libéral, Giscours, Rauzan Ségla, and Issan were owned by various members of the Cruse family.