The history of the Thienpont family goes back when Camille Thienpont already created a wine merchant house in Belgium in 1842.
In the early 1920’s Chateau Troplong Mondot in Saint Emilion and Vieux Chateau Certan in Pomerol were bought.
At this time, Georges Thienpont was a successful wine merchant in Belgium and northern part of Europe. After the world crisis in the 1930’s Georges kept Vieux Chateau Certan located in Pomerol (About 35 acres).
Vieux Chateau Certan is the fig of the Thienpont’s estates, it is originated in the early 1500s. and has been known by its current name since 1745. The grape varieties planted are Merlot 60 per cent, Cabernet Sauvignon 10 per cent, Cabernet Franc 30 per cent. All grape harvesting is done by hand.
His son, George (without an “s”) bought Chateau Puygueraud in 1946, a 14 century Castle in the Côtes de Bordeaux, Francs, area.
Upon his arrival he found the vineyards in ruins (mostly white wines, the whole vineyard was devasted after 2 world wars economic consequenses) and set about revitalizing them through the planting of cereals and rising of cattle.
He had 13 children. It was only starting of the 1980’s, after the foundation of a new family wine company called Thienpont de Berlaere by his son Dominique Thienpont in 1975, that he began replanting the vineyards and in 1983, the first wine from Château Puygueraud was produced.
This wine was unusual: it was a blend of 35% Malbec, 35% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and 10% Sauvignon Cabernet, thus giving its great individuality of expression.
Today, when many wines seem to become more and more similar in style, respecting international standard of journalistic tastes, this is very refreshing to find!