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MAR-APR 2018

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For more than five centuries, the innovations, talents and shared passion among the succession of families at the helm of Château Margaux have melded to create wines of great distinction. From the end of the 16th century, Château Margaux has been part of the rising elite of the "Premiers Crus" as it was, in fact, well before being sanctioned by the official classification of 1855. Among the most notable bastions of the brand was André Mentzelopoulos, who became its owner in 1977. Today his daughter Corrine and her own daughter Alexandra carry on his legacy, supported by General Manager Philippe Bascaules. Since its founding, the vineyards that comprise 650-acre estate have occupied the same plots at the heart of the Margaux appellation. Over generations, continued experimentation, observation and adaptation to the terroir have enriched the savoir-faire to the point that it has become an integral part of the terroir itself. Awareness of heritage and an openness to modernity (including the construction of new cellars designed by Lord Norman Foster in 2015) allows Château Margaux to create wines that are both softer and more concentrated; they are easier to drink young but have not, however, lost any of their extraordinary aging potential. Technological innovations have also extended to the bottling process, with Château Margaux implementing a number of measures designed to guard against counterfeiting and to enable better means of tracking. A laser marking system extends the tracking of wines beyond the bottling stage, while a bubble-code security system fixed to the cap of all bottles from 2011 onward permits ease of authentication. MESSAGE ON A BOTTLE For the first time in its history, Château Margaux has created a special bottle design to commemorate an exceptional vintage and its iconic vigneron Written by Chloe Geller Château Margaux 2015 case and bottle Photo by G. de Bauchene 60

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