In the 16th century, ChÃ¡teau Bonnet's vineyards in GrÃ©zillac were planted by the de Reynier family, rich merchants from Libourne. These dynamic nÃ©gociants 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".
LÃ©once RÃ©capet, 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, LÃ©once RÃ©capet 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 chÃ¡teau soon reached 120 hectares.
At the same time, he made architectural modifications to the chÃ¡teau. He added a tower affording an extraordinary view of the surrounding countryside, as well as new cellars, outbuildings, and gardens.
Very attached to Bonnet, LÃ©once RÃ©capet succeeded in making it one of the most beautiful estates in the region.
In 1953, one of his grandsons, AndrÃ© Lurton, inherited Bonnet. He perpetuates the work begun by his grandfather...
ChÃ¡teau Bonnet is one of Bordeaux's consistently reliable wines. Vignobles AndrÃ© Lurton are committed to making wines that are both full-bodied and balanced, like this Reserve cuvee, which typifies classic Bordeaux.Â Its faultless pedigree is revealed in its elegant balance, depth and charm.
This wine of AndrÃ© 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.
19 years old vines planted in double guyot on clay-limestone and clay-siliceous soils.
Sauvignon blanc 78% / SÃ©millon 22%
Grapes are fermented in temperature- controlled stainless- steel tanks and is matured for 4 months in tanks on the lees.
The bouquet is particularly expressive, revealing citrus and white floral notes (broom flowers).Â Starts out instantly appealing on the palate, becoming fresh, wonderfully rich and delicious, laced with slightly acidic citrus flavours.
This wine goes beautifully with marinated prawns, oysters, or even mussels in white wine