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Interview of Mr. Jan Thienpont – Producer & Wine Merchant – Château Clos Fontaine & Château Puygueraud for AsiaImportNews – Exclusive
Could you please tell us the story of your winery, when it was created and how it developed decades after decades ?
My Grand Grandfather Georges Thienpont bought Vieux Château Certan in 1924, his Sons,Leon Alexandre and Guillaume Thienpont were following its path to develop this estate. In 1946 my Gran Father George Thienpont launched Château Puygueraud with farming and fruit trees. In 1983 Château Puygueraud produced its first vintage and Château Clos Fontaine in 2003. Then the Wine Merchant House was created in 1975 and now since 2012, Florian & Jan Thienpont are in charge of the the production and the merchant house.
What sort of wines are you producing ?
Estate wines, 100% natural, craft wines with character and long capacity for ageing. Each vintage is different, with its own identity. We produce wine for drinking, for sharing this passion with our clients.
How important are your export distribution compared to national distribution ?
40% National & 60% Europe + export
What sort of distributors are your customers ?
Wholesale, Retail and private
Why your wines are different from other wineries in your area ?
We are on the highest slope of Bordeaux area, 60 years old vines, 100% natural wine, 100% Merlot all done by hand with no additives.
Do you produce grapes in a organic or environmental friendly method, or with general methods ?
Environmental friendly method, now in transition for organic certification
Are your wines already distributed in Asia, and if not what are the countries you are looking for new distributors ?
Yes in HK & Korea, a little in Japan. We are looking for the Philippines, Taiwan, SIN, and south East Asia. For the PRC it is too big for us.
Is there anything who want to add about your wines, story or any news ?
Clos Fontaine comes from the roman period : It is a small spring close to the vineyard that brougth the name, as the cella is built on the rest of an antic Roman House. In this area an Hermite uses to leave like in Saint Emilion : All those areas here around are very old human settlements and it is very often that we find trace back to the Roman time and sometime even older ! Don’t forget that the Roman use to say regarding wine growing « In Monte Revelationem » which means, in the hights is the true !
Thank you Mr. Jan Thienpont – Producer & Wine Merchant – Château Clos Fontaine & Château Puygueraud for your time and answers!
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