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South African Wineries Hire Prominent Bordeaux Enologist

Pascal Chatonnet will work for three estates in the Stellenbosch region.

James Molesworth
Posted: February 23, 2002

France's connection to South Africa's wine industry continues to get stronger, with the Lusan group hiring Bordeaux-based Pascal Chatonnet as a consulting enologist. Chatonnet is well-known for his work on TCA taint in winery cellars and on corks, and currently consults for the Château Dassault-Viña San Pedro joint venture in Chile.

Lusan encompasses five wineries in South Africa's Stellenbosch region: Alto, Le Bonheur, Neethlingshof, Stellenzicht and Uitkyk. Combined, the group produced more than 87,500 cases of wine last year, exporting nearly 26,000 cases.

Chatonnet will consult for Alto, Neethlingshof and Stellenzicht, which together own more than 980 acres of vineyards. This is Chatonnet's first time working with South African wineries.

Lusan is owned by Distell, the massive wine-and-spirits company formed by the merger of Distillers Corporation and Stellenbosch Farmers' Winery.

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Read more about French winemakers' involvement in South Africa:

  • July 3, 2001
    New South African Reds Make a Bordeaux Connection

  • Nov. 30, 2000
    Cheval-Blanc Winemaker Branches Out to South Africa

  • May 30, 2000
    Billionaire Vintners Rothschild and Rupert Release First South African Wines

    Read more about Pascal Chatonnet's work on TCA taint:

  • Nov. 15, 1999
    Spain's Vega Sicilia Issues $3 Million Wine Recall

  • Jan. 7, 1999
    Wood Preservatives Blamed for Corky French Wines
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