Fitou’s largest cooperative Mont Tauch has appointed Jean-Philippe Trollet as its new head winemaker.
Trollet was voted the International Wine Challenge’s Red Winemaker of the Year last year for his work at Caves Saint Pierre.
Mont Tauch said the new position was part of a “major strategic change” in the way the winery was organised and its future development.
Antoine Leray, UK sales director for Mont Tauch, said: “The organoleptic quality of our wines must remain our greatest strength. We also have to ensure that our wines are constantly responding to the needs of the market.”
Trollet studied oenology at Bordeaux University, and has worked at estates including Château La Garde, Rayne-Vigneau and Smith Haut-Lafitte.
In 2003, he started work for the Skalli Group, owners of Caves Saint Pierre.
Leray says, “Jean-Philippe is an outstanding new addition to the Mont Tauch team. This will ensure that the cooperative remains one of the major players in the Languedoc going forward.”