The storied Lanzerac wine farm — which, in 1692, became only the third wine estate to be planted in Stellenbosch — is named after a French general, Charles Lanrezac, who boasted that he knew only three English phrases: "beautiful woman"; "kiss me quick"; and "beefsteak and potatoes".

Quite why Katharine English bought the farm (then called Schoongezicht) in 1914, and promptly renamed it after Le Général, is a mystery, though numerous accounts hint salaciously at the "intimacy" between them — a natural deduction, given Lanrezac’s range of English phrases...

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