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Margaux unveils its new label for the 2015 vintage

Château Margaux, 1855 premier grand cru classé, launched the new bottle for its 2015 vintage on Monday – a first in the very long history of this prestigious estate in the Médoc.

This innovation is exclusively limited to 2015 and commemorates 200 years of the château itself, which was built in 1815 and lies in the AOC Margaux appellation. It is also a tribute to its former director general Paul Pontallier, who passed away last year.

According to Corinne Mentzelopoulos, who has owned and managed the château since 1980, another argument in favour of the new bottle was that 'the wine was particularly acknowledged to be good – it was a fine vintage. We would not have taken this step otherwise,' she told AFP, adding that a special bottle had 'never' before been created since the 16th century.

Strictly speaking, we didn't actually want to create a different label,' explained her daughter, Alexandra Petit-Mentzelopoulos. 'We wanted to do something directly on the bottle itself. It's like a normal bottle label but in gold, with a serigraph print backdrop featuring the ageing cellar set around the château in the centre.'

If you move away from the bottle, the cellar quickly disappears from view,' added the assistant director general. 'But the château is the main attraction and can still be seen clearly; the cellar acts as its setting to enhance the profile of the château and the wine it produces.

The Château Margaux wine estate includes a château known as the 'Versailles of the Médoc' for its colonnade. Built in 1815, the château is a rare French example of neo-Palladian architecture. The estate marked its bicentenary in 2015 with the construction of a new contemporary ageing cellar designed by the British architect Norman Foster.

The words 'In honour of Paul Pontallier' appear on the new opaque bottle.

Pontallier arrived at the Château Margaux in 1983 and died last year at the age of 59.

His final vintage contained 87% cabernet sauvignon and a small amount of merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot.

The sweetness, the fragrance – it’s everything he loved,' said his son Thibault Pontallier, Château Margaux's international ambassador. 'It would have been one of his favourites.'

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