Active in oenological research for more than 20 years, Stéphane has worked with some of the world’s most renowned research institutions, including the French Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique and the Australian Wine Research Institute. At the Inter Rhone Laboratory he was involved in extensive research programmes and closure trials before joining Nomacorc in 2007, where he leads a team of wine scientists and specialists working on oxygen management support and solutions. He has studied at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées and Université Claude Bernard in Lyon, France and has a PhD from the Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble.
The influence of wine closures on wine quality has been thoroughly studied over the last two decades. And while cork taint caused by unwanted migration of TCA into the wine is still a Sword of Damocles for wine quality, new technologies exist that can eliminate some of those TCA risks. This is why consistency of closure type is pivotal, impacting not only wine quality, but also brand equity through its control over bottle-to-bottle variation. The optimal closure can positively influence wine evolution, shelf-life, and style of wines reaching the final end consumers. Wine bottle closures are also very important winemaking tools (shaping style), quality ambassadors (avoiding defects and promoting consistency), and marketing vehicles ( a key component of packaging and connection with customers).