Thomas Duroux is a bit of an outsider. Though born in Bordeaux, he’s half-Italian. And he worked in the Languedoc and then spent three years as technical director at Tuscany’s Ornellaia (where he made the ’01 through ’03 vintages). When a headhunter approached him about an opening in Bordeaux, he initially shrugged it off.
“They said they were looking for a technical director for a major property, and at the time I was in my early 30s. I went to the interview in jeans figuring, what the heck. And then it progressed from there,” said Duroux, as we walked through the vineyard at Château Palmer, the third-growth Margaux property owned by the Sichel Family as well as numerous other shareholders.
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