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FRANCOIS Thienpont is the proud heir of a Belgian family dedicated to wine since the 19th century. His ancestors migrated to the Bordeaux’s region in the 1920’s, where they came to produce and trade wine. Vieux Chateau Certan, acquired by his grand- father Georges, Château Puygueraud and Le Pin count as some of their historic vineyards.
After having studied viticulture and business in France, François worked a few years in the US, in wine distribution in Texas. In 1983, during his American stay, he presented Le Pin 1981 to Robert Parker, when it was released for the very first time in the country.
In 1985, he came back to Bordeaux to oversee the marketing and sales of Château Puygueraud’s wines, an estate bought by his father George in 1946. At the same time, under the title of President of the Union of the Côtes de Francs appellation, François worked hard at rehabilitating the wines of this forgotten region in the minds of trade, press and consumers.