This excellent value Cotes de Francs has been in the Thienpont family since 1946. Nicholas has been making the wine here since 1983 and it progressively gets better thanks to a considered replanting program matching rootstocks to specific terroirs and the use of massale selections. This is an easy, supple style, with plenty of creamy spiced red fruits, Morello cherries, damsons and notes of loganberries. The mid-palate is generous and seductive and there are no hard edges on the blackcurrant infused finish.
`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.`- www.nicolas-thienpont.com