The women of the wine world are often profiled as being something new and unusual but historically there has always been influential women on the Bordeaux wine scene, as well as many others working behind the scenes. Jean de Bellon was the first owner of Chateau Haut Brion in the 16th century. Françoise Josephine de Sauvage d’Yquem was thrown into prison twice during the French revolution but she continued to make Yquem prosper. More recently, Baroness Philippine Rothschild continued and expanded her father's work at Mouton Rothschild and today Corinne Mentzelopoulos owns and runs Chateau Margaux with her daughter. There is nothing new about feminine power in Bordeaux wine.