The Thienpont Family
One name and one family have contributed to the breakthrough
of the appellation: the “Thienpont tribe”. This family
of negociants, originating in Oudenaarde (Flanders) also owns
Vieux Chateau Certan, one of the best-known chateaus in Pomerol.
The patriarch, George Thienpont, bought Chateau Puygueraud, which
dominates the whole appellation, in 1946. Upon his arrival he
found the vineyards in ruins and set about revitalising them through
the planting of cereals and raising of cattle. It was only at
the end of the 1970s that he began replanting the vineyards and
in 1983, the first wine was produced.
Today, the chateau produces three wines: Chateau Puygueraud, Chateau
Lauriol and Cuvée George and it is one of George’s
sons, Nicolas, who manages the vinification at the different properties.