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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