helped to rebuild the reputation of one of the very best
brand, Chateaux Margaux, when she arrived in 1980. Her timing was impeccable as the Chateau had gone through vintages that were disastrous. Corinne Menzelopoulos
quickly went on to become a novelty in France, a place where women not only help to harvest the grapes but also serve and drink luxury
wine of the very best
, yet very few are the owners of a Chateau. It was her father Andre who introduced his daughter to the excellent
Chateau, and Corinne fell in love with the beauty of the Chateau and cellars. Following the passing of her father Ms. Menzelopoulos took over the Chateau. Today Ms. Menzelopoulos spends a great deal travelling and recently began shipping the luxury
wine to China following a visit by President Hu Jintao of China.
deserves the fame she has earned over years of hard work and dedication to the Chateau. Replanting 30 acres of vineyards, rebuilding the cellars and vats and restoring the Chateau itself brought forth a succession of the finest
What Brings You Happiness?
Waking up in the morning, looking forward to a new day, and happy that no one around me, whether at home or in the office, has a terminal disease. That really sums it up, but there are all the little, albeit important, things in life: sharing a great moment with my family, discovering a new place, hearing a great piece of music, whether it's classical or rock, discovering a new French, English or Greek word, watching a work of art, watching my dogs running when they greet me after a long day, laughing, going fast on my bike or on the sea, smelling the first lilac of the season, or tasting the first apricots of the year. In short, making sure to enjoy every minute of my life.
But then of course, there is this unique privilege of mine, being the owner of Château Margaux, and being able, day after day, to run it with the help of great and capable people. Because, at the end of the day, our terroir has never disappointed me.
What Would You Change (If You Could) To Make Our World A Better Place?
First you might want to listen to Michael Jackson's song: "Heal the World" :what else can I say? Still, it's the helplessness of it all that upsets me so much: earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tidal waves etc. We still don't have the expertise to fight against those calamities, and, when we do, it seems the money, or the food, doesn't necessarily go to the right people.
It might be that we should first change human nature, if only that were possible: there is madness, greed, jealousy, hatred,megalomania, fancy ideologies everywhere.
It has been said that Darwin and Freud changed the human psychology forever: Darwin, because he stressed that no human species could ever be, or have been, superior to another, Freud, because he showed that we were all under the control of our unconscious mind. Little did we learn though, as we still believe that we are set in motion by a rational and superior mind, and as we are still fighting wars, and have been as long as history can remember. So,yes, it would be perfect, although I'm aware it might prove a bit unrealistic, if we could actually change the human mind and erase its too many dysfunctional creeds and its too many resulting acts of folly.