In the 16th century, Cháteau Bonnet's vineyards in Grézillac were planted by the de Reynier family, rich merchants from Libourne. These dynamic négociants acquired the "maison noble de Bonnet" circa 1560 and consolidated the vineyards around the manor house. In order to do so, they exchanged numerous plots and bought others that were covered with trees "The land surrounding the owner's house changed significantly over a thirty-year period, and vines replaced trees on nearby slopes. A terroir was born".
Léonce Récapet, grandfather of the present owner, managed a large liqueur production facility in the neighbouring commune of Branne. A man of character, who ran a prosperous business, he decided to take up a new adventure: winegrowing. Having heard that Bonnet was for sale, he made sure to acquire it.
With a vineyard in poor shape after attacks by mildew, oidium and phylloxera, Léonce Récapet knew he had an enormous job ahead of him.
He rose to the challenge, becoming an accomplished viticulturist in just a few years. He experimented with various rootstocks to discover the best ones, and then planted them...
The vine-covered slopes around the cháteau soon reached 120 hectares.
At the same time, he made architectural modifications to the cháteau. He added a tower affording an extraordinary view of the surrounding countryside, as well as new cellars, outbuildings, and gardens.
Very attached to Bonnet, Léonce Récapet succeeded in making it one of the most beautiful estates in the region.
In 1953, one of his grandsons, André Lurton, inherited Bonnet. He perpetuates the work begun by his grandfather...
Cháteau Bonnet is one of Bordeaux's consistently reliable wines. Vignobles André Lurton are committed to making wines that are both full-bodied and balanced, like this Reserve cuvee, which typifies classic Bordeaux. Its faultless pedigree is revealed in its elegant balance, depth and charm.
This wine of André Lurton at an affordable price, is an example of "everyday wine": succulent aromas of pear and tropical fruit, nervous and expressive on the palate, clean finish and well-defined . Intelligent, vibrant easy to drink yet.
2019 was marked by a fairly mild winter, resulting in early bud break. Spring rainfall was scarce and drought conditions set in in early summer. Rainfall in August provided a welcome relief for winegrowers.
Brilliant clear pale yellow colour with green highlights. Starts out powerful on the nose, going on to reveal delicate aromas of white fruit, pear and citrus. Starts out beautifully straightforward on the palate, becoming round and full-bodied mid-palate. Pleasantly fresh on the finish, contributing a lovely long aftertaste. A well-balanced wine with delicious aromas of white fruit following through to the palate. This 2019 Bonnet Blanc is particularly enjoyable with oysters, crab or marinated mussels.