During the harvest season and last week of September 2007, I had a privelege to visit several chateaux of the Lurton family, Chateau Gruaud-Larose (2nd growth of St-Julien), Ch.Haut-Bages Libéral (5th growth of Pauillac) , Ch.Camensac (5th growth of Haut-Medoc) and Ch.Chasse-Spleen.
(Ch.Gruaud-Larose, Mr.Francois Villars on the right)
Lurton family is the largest independent Estate and Chateau owner family in the Bordeaux region. Lucien Lurton gradually acquired 11 estates : Ch.Brane-Cantenac (2nd growth of Margaux owned by Henri Lurton), Ch.Haut-Nouchet (Pessac-Leognan, organic wine owned by Louis Lurton), Ch.Climens ( 1st growth of Barsac owned by Bérénice Lurton), Ch.Dufort-Vivens (2nd growth of Margaux owned by Gonzague Lurton), Ch.Camarsac (Bordeaux superieur owned by Bérénice Lurton), Ch. Tour de Bessan (Cru Bourgeois of Margaux owned by Marie-Laure Lurton), Ch.Bouscaut (classified growth of Graves-Pessac-Leognan, owned by Sophie Lurton), Ch.Duplessis (Cru Bourgeois of Moulis, owned by Marie-Laure Lurton), Ch.Desmirail (3rd growth of Margaux, owned by Denis Lurton), Ch.Villegeorge (Cru Bourgeois Superieur of Haut-Medoc, owned by Marie-Laure Lurton) and Ch.Doisy Dubroca (2nd growth of Sauternes, owned by Louis Lurton).
After the visit of the cellars and tasting of 2006 vintage of Gruaud-Larose and 2nd wine Sarget (above) we went to see Mrs.Claire Villars-Lurton owner of Chateau Haut-Bages Libéral (below)
Following this visit done by Mr.Stefano Ruini (wine maker of Ch.Haut-Bages Libéral), we went down of Pauillac estate to meet Mr.Jean-Pierre Foubet owner of Ch.Camensac and Ch.Chasse-Spleen in Saint Laurent Médoc who conducted an amazing tasting of vintage 2006 of his two wines
I have to admit I was astonished the richness of these wines. Well, we went back to Margaux to see Mr.Gonzague Lurton owner of Ch.Dufort-Vivens and we did a stop at Ch.Ferrière too owned by Mrs.Claire Villars-Lurton ( below)
(Mr.Gonzague Lurton, left side in the cellar Ch.Dufort-Vivens)
(Vinification process and great cellar atmosphere at Ch.Ferrière)
To end-up, this great and fantastic time we finished by the visit of Ch.Brane-Cantenac in Margaux owned by Mr.Henri Lurton and Ch.Desmirail owned by Mr.Denis Lurton (below).
(Vinfication process and cellar at Ch.Desmirail)
I would like to thank you everybody for their warm welcome especially during the harvest period. Sip responsibly….. MFM