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.
2015 was the third warmest year since 1900... Drought conditions, above-average monthly temperatures and sunshine (in the first half of the year), cool nights and hot weather in August accompanying véraison (colour change) were all ideal for the vines!
Deep, dark, ruby-red colour with purple highlights. Rich, complex bouquet of red fruit (morello cherry), wax, and Virginia tobacco. Starts out smooth and straightforward on the palate. Generous, refined, and well-balanced with beautiful structure, as well as wonderful concentration and delicious flavours of ripe red and black fruit. The tannin is particularly soft. The aftertaste features hints of sweet spice (cinnamon). The wine shows great vivaciousness and freshness that make it very appetising. In order to make the most of its qualities, you might wish to enjoy it with beef, lamb, or quiche.