Bordeaux first-growth Château Margaux has announced Thomas Dô-Chi-Nam will replace Philippe Bascaules as technical director. Bascaules left earlier this spring to assume the position of estate manager and winemaker at Francis Ford Coppola’s recently renamed Inglenook. Dô-Chi-Nam had been the technical director at Pauillac’s second-growth Château Pichon-Longueville-Lalande since 1992.
“Margaux is a unique heritage, through its exceptional terroir as well as through its architecture,” said owner Corinne Mentzelopolous. “Our focus, ever since my father took over in 1977, is to respect this age-old tradition but to also make sure we move forward in each and every detail and adopt the latest technology if we are sure it actually serves the purpose of making a better wine. In this respect, Thomas Dô-Chi-Nam seems a fitting candidate as he has a great professional background and he understands the extra dimension Margaux has in the realm of great wines.”
Dô-Chi-Nam will assume the title of directeur d'exploitation (the equivalent of technical director), and will start at Margaux before the end of the year, according to Château Margaux general director Paul Pontallier, who noted he’s known Dô-Chi-Nam professionally for 20 years.
The move seems to signal a solidification of the future at Château Margaux while heralding a period of change at Pichon-Lalande, where Sylvie Cazes has recently taken over as general director from Gildas d’Ollone. In regard to a replacement for Dô-Chi-Nam at Pichon-Lalande, Cazes said, “We do have some ideas but nothing is confirmed yet.”
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