Philippe Bascaules returns to Château Margaux
by Deborah Parker Wong
|When Philippe Bascaules, who spent 21 years working side by side with Paul Pontallier at Château Margaux, arrived in Rutherford in 2011 to direct winemaking at Inglenook, he came bearing a vision for the future of the estate. Under his direction, the historic winery which is owned by Francis and Eleanor Coppola now has a 50-year vineyard plan in place and the estate wines, in my estimation, have never been better.
Since the passing of Pontallier in March 2016, Château Margaux has been under the supervision of Technical Director Sebastien Vergne but without a Managing Director at the helm. In March 2017, Bascaules will return to Château Margaux as Managing Director to carry on the work he began with Pontallier in 1990 while continuing to oversee winemaking at Inglenook.
Bascaules was quoted in Decanter expressing gratitude to Ford Coppola for the ongoing collaboration that will allow him to guide the changes he undertook upon his arrival at the estate in 2011. Château Margaux owner Corinne Mentzelopoulos is now looking to Bascaules to “guide and prepare” the future of her Grand Cru estate much in the same way he has envisioned the future for the heirs of Inglenook.
Decanter reports that Bascaules will be based in Bordeaux but make regular visits to Rutherford.