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November 13, 2017

Celebrating 200 Years of Château Margaux

By Will Grice

To celebrate 200 years of Château Margaux, the legendary wine manufacturer has launched a very special vintage.

With a silk-screen printed label and sleek design, the wine marks a momentous occasion in the brand’s history and is arguably one of Château’s best ever vintages. With a deep complex flavor, the 2015 vintage is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, bit of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, giving the wine a sweet and full flavor with a hint of natural spice. All housed in a jet-black bottle with a lustrous gold label, making it the only bottle ever produced to feature a different design from their standard white label.

Chateau Margaux 2015 75cl btl in its case credits G. de Beauchene

Initially designed as a 200 year celebration of the castle itself, the vintage has now taken on another meaning after the death of the property’s general manager, Paul Pontallier, last year. Inscribed on the bottle is “Tribute to Paul Pontallier”, a fitting eulogy to a man who spent 33 years with the estate.

While this bottle is a celebration of Château Margaux’s history (and for the legacy of Pontallier), the brand is certainly not caught up in its history and is currently undergoing somewhat of a cultural revolution. In the cellar of the neo-Palladian style castle sits a spectacular vinothèque designed by world-renowned British architect Lord Norman Foster. Opening in 2017, the cellar is a welcome contrast to the chateau’s historic exterior.

Bought by André Mentzelopoulos in 1977, the winery is now run and owned by his daughter Corrine who took over the business after her father’s death in 1980. Corrine’s influence has been enormous, with both Corrine and her daughter, Alexandra, being involved in the launch of the Norman Foster cellar and the recent opening of their chic Marylebone wine bar – Clarette.

120,000 bottles of the 2015 vintage will be available, with the wine’s first growth widely considered one of the best wines of 2015 by merchants and critics. Making this a must-have vintage for wine connoisseurs and novices alike.

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