The 2015 vintage was an exceptional year, benefitting from optimum weather conditions. It was widely regarded the year of Margaux, as the appellation was the top performer of all of Medoc.
Never before has Chateau Margaux made a departure from its usual label. With the unusual bottle design, Proprietor Corinne Mentzelopoulos intended to pay a tribute to an exceptional year, two centuries of architecture and to Paul Pontallier, who died of cancer before the last vintage he supervised could be bottled. Mr. Pontallier had made such an impact on the estate, which he joined in 1983, at the age of 34, and assumed its general management from 1989 to his untimely death in March 2016.
The 2015 vintage also celebrates the bicentenary of Chateau Margaux's exceptional Neo-Palladian architecture built in 1815. Rarely seen in France, this stunning building was listed as an historical monument in 1946. Proprietor Corinne Mentzelopoulos had entrusted to Norman Foster (the famed British architect whose works included: Apple Park, Hong Kong Airport, Beijing Airport, Bloomberg Headquarters, Wembley Stadium) the design of new buildings including cellars, an underground vinotheque, and a research and development centre. These new buildings were inaugurated in 2015.