Thomas Do-Chi-Nam, technical director of Chateau Pichon Comtesse de Lalande since 1992, has been announced as the replacement for Philippe Bascaules at Chateau Margaux.

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Philippe Bascaules will be leaving in September, after 11 years at Chateau Margaux, to begin his new role with Francis Ford Coppola at Inglenook Vineyard in California.

Dô-Chi-Nam will take over Bascaules’ role as Directeur d’Exploitation – estate manager and technical director – at the end of this year, after he has completed the 2011 harvest with Chateau Pichon-Longueville-Comtesse de Lalande.

Director of Chateau Margaux, Paul Pontallier, told Decanter.com, ‘Thomas is not only talented and highly qualified, with a depth of experience of the greatest wines of Bordeaux, but is also a loyal and extremely nice man who will integrate perfectly into the culture of Margaux.’

Written by Jane Anson in Bordeaux