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Ghislain joins Aquitania

Published:  23 July, 2008

Ghislain de Montgolfier, president and managing director of Champagne Bollinger, has taken a 25% share in Via Aquitania, the Chilean joint venture owned and created in 1990 by Paul Pontallier, Bruno Prats and Felipe Solminhac. De Montgolfier lived in Chile from 1966 to 1969 and has long wished to take part on a wine growing project in this country' and has bought the shares in a personal capacity. The 18 hectare Maipo Valley estate, which has struggled to establish itself as one of Chile's super-premium elite, despite the track record of its owners, has considerable untapped potential, according to de Montgolfier. We plan to lower yields and the vineyard is now ten years old,' he told Harpers. Vinexpo will see the launch of a new US$60 wine, called Lazulis, which will be positioned above the estate's two other reds: Domaine Paul Bruno and, cheapest of all, Aquitania. The first release of Lazulis will be from the 2002 vintage and will be made entirely from Cabernet Sauvignon.