Originating from the Belgian-Flanders,
his family took root in the Bordeaux area at the beginning of the XXth Century. In 1920, Nicolas’ grandfather Georges Thienpont purchased Chateau Troplong-Mondot in Saint-Emilion (sold in 1935) and then three years later Vieux Château Certan, a jewel of Pomerol.
Nicolas had not intended to become a winegrower. He spent his childhood at Puygueraud, having attended a Jesuit boarding school, he then pursued his higher education in law and philosophy where he developed a passion for Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. He taught philosophy in Reims for one year before joining a boilermaking company in Marseilles/Aix-en-Provence, where he was Social Affairs Manager for 5 years. The beckoning of the vines would divert him from this career trajectory.
In the 1980’s, he took over the helm of Château Puygueraud, a property that was acquired by his parents in 1946, located on the small Bordeaux appellation of Côtes-de-Francs. In less than a decade he received market recognition and participated in bringing the spotlight on this otherwise unknown appellation.
Self-made vigneron, his sensitive approach to viticulture, based on an intimate comprehension of the terroirs, is particularly appreciated. The proprietors of Grand Cru’s often solicit his knowledge and competence to provide a new impulse to their vineyards.
Here you find a lovely range of Grand Crus that allow Nicolas Thienpont to “stroll” with pleasure over an impressive panoply of Right-Bank terroirs.