I sat down with François Thienpont here at my office the other day. Thienpont comes from one of those big Bordeaux families with a long history in the business—the Thienponts started a négociant business in their native Belgium back in 1842 and today François, along with his brother and cousins, are the third generation to run estates in Bordeaux. The portfolio is impressive.
But despite the high-profile properties and blue blood lineage, François Thienpont is involved with the "other" side of Bordeaux—the side that struggles for recognition these days: the outer lying appellations—Bordeaux Supérieur, for example—where good terroir, and excellent value, can be found.
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