Top 50 most powerful women in wine: 10-119th December, 2012 by Lucy Shaw
9: CORINNE MENTZELOPOULOS
Born in France to a Greek father and French mother, Corinne took over the running of Bordeaux first growth Château Margaux in 1980 after the death of her father, entrepreneur André Mentzelopoulos.
With the help of Margaux director Paul Pontallier, Mentzelopoulos has returned the château to its former glory, replanting around 12 hectares of vineyard land and rebuilding storage vats.
The cellar is also being revamped by British “starchitect” Lord Foster to include an underground library for past vintages. Reinforcing Margaux’s commitment to the Asian market, this October the château hired Fangyuan Zheng as a Shanghai- based business development manager to expand the brand’s position in China and refine its growing relationship with Asian consumers. Thibault Pontallier, winemaker Paul Pontallier’s son, is currently working as Margaux’s brand ambassador in Asia.