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AXA

The huge insurance group with headquarters in Paris(France) was founded by the Frenchman Claude Bébéar (*1935). Because of his diverse business ventures and great economic influence, he is also known as the "patron of French capitalism". In 1984, Bébéar bought the Château Franc-Maine (Saint-Émilion) and founded AXA-Millésimes (but the estate was sold again in 1998). He put his friend Jean-Michel Cazes in charge of the company. In addition to his own wineries, he also runs Château Lynch-Bages (Pauillac) and Château Les Ormes-de-Pez (Saint-Estèphe). In the following years, other wineries were acquired, including 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 has also been active outside France, with the Disznókö Tokaj winery in 1992 and the Quinta do Noval port wine house in 1993. Every year, AXA invites around 4,000 of its managers to a one-week training course at Châteaux Cantenac Brown and Suduiraut, where they are taught wine knowledge.

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