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Château Margaux Announces New Technical Director

Thomas Dô-Chi-Nam replaces Philippe Bascaules
Photo by: David Yellen

Posted: Jun 10, 2011 11:00am ET

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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Stewart Lancaster
beaver,pa —  June 14, 2011 11:34am ET
James, I am going on a river cruise in October and will be visiting tournon and avignon, can you recommend wineries to visit?
James Molesworth
Senior Editor, Wine Spectator —  June 14, 2011 12:40pm ET
Steve: I can't play favorites and recommend some wineries over others. I can only suggest you try and visit the wineries whose wines you've had and liked. I always recommend calling ahead too, to confirm a visit. Some wineries are setup to handle visits easily (such as M. Chapoutier, with a large tasting room in Tain) while many of the smaller, family-owned wineries aren't, though they may still accept a rendezvous of you contact them first.

Also, my cover story on Châteauneuf-du-Pape had a travel feature in it and much of that is still current and accurate (http://www.winespectator.com/magazine/show/id/11510).

My recent blogs from my northern and southern Rhône trips also usually end with a blog on some restaurants worth trying...one of the more recent entries is here: http://www.winespectator.com/blogs/show/id/42435

Enjoy your trip!

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