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The huge insurance group with headquarters in Paris (France) was founded by the Frenchman Claude Bébéar (*1935). Due to his diverse business ventures and great economic influence, he is also referred to as the "patron saint of French capitalism". In 1984, Bébéar bought the Château Franc-Maine (Saint-Émilion) and founded AXA-Millésimes (the estate was sold again in 1998). He put his friend Jean-Michel Cazes in charge of the company, in addition to his own estates Château Lynch-Bages (Pauillac) and Château Les Ormes-de-Pez (Saint-Estèphe). In the following years, further wine estates were taken over, namely Château Cantenac Brown (Margaux), Château Petit-Village (Pomerol), Château Pibran (Pauillac), Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac), Château Suduiraut (Sauternes) and Clos de l'Arlot (Nuits-Saint-Georges). Last but not least, AXA also became active outside France, with the Tokay winery Disznókő in 1992 and the port house Quinta do Noval in 1993. Every year, AXA invites around 4,000 of its managers to a one-week training course at the Châteaux Cantenac Brown and Suduiraut, where they are taught wine knowledge.

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