Following the untimely death, this Spring of Paul Pontalier, Château Margaux has now announced the appointment of Philippe Bascaules as Managing Director to commence 1st March 2017.
Bascaules currently runs Francis Ford Coppola’s Napa Valley-based Inglenook Winery and he will continue to oversee the 50-year vineyard plan he set in motion when he joined the Coppola Family in 2011, remaining as Director of Winemaking for Inglenook alongside his new role.
Paul Pontalier originally recruited Bascaules to Margaux in 1990 where he worked with the inspirational former Margaux MD. The First Growth owner, Corinne Mentzelopoulos said of the appointment, “During the 20 years he spent at the estate, we all deeply valued Philippe’s competence and wisdom. His great knowledge is an invaluable asset with which to guide and prepare the future of Château Margaux.”
No doubt this is a strategically important appointment and Bascaules is quoted in the official announcement: “I am very honoured and I like to think that Paul Pontallier would have been happy for me to carry on his work. I am thrilled to be reunited with my former colleagues at Château Margaux and delighted to be working on the wines and vineyards of the estate”.