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April 1, 2016

The wine world lost one of its greatest ambassadors this week with the passing of Paul Pontallier the passionate managing director of Ch. Margaux. For the full obituary on Mr. Pontallier see


Just this last Saturday right before leaving work I emailed Paul to ask him, for about the hundredth time, to request a visit to Ch. Margaux for a special customer of mine on his first trip to Bordeaux for his 50th birthday. At the end of that request I wrote…Thank you as always for your consideration. I look very much forward to see you on April 5th at 3:30 to shake your hand and hear you speak about the wine which is always a great pleasure… while I get to taste it!


That is so true! I first met Paul in early April of 1990 on my first visit ever to France and then Bordeaux to evaluate the 1989 vintage for K&L Wine Merchants. To say I was excited is the understatement of the...

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