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Wine--The Lurton Family Biz

Dec 1, 2011
Wine--The Lurton Family Biz
One family, 36 wineries


Talk about the family business. The Lurton family of France defines the concept of a wine dynasty, having passed the business down over many generations. Ancestors began planting vines as early as 1650.

The numbers make the Lurton family a unique wine force:
• 36 vineyards
• 3211 acres of land planted with vines
• Of 24 cousins, 15 are vineyard landowners
• Plus, still in business: the reigning patriarch Andre Lurton. His Chateau Bonnet was an original, purchased by the Lurton family in 1880

Despite the dynasty status, the Lurton family produces many well-priced wines, as well as some splurges. We don’t expect you’ll get through the complete Lurton collection, but here are a few of many choices (not meant to create cousin rivalry!).

From Andre Lurton:
Chateau Bonnet Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux, France) $13
Crisp and citrusy

From Marc Lurton:
Chateau Reynier Rosé 2010 (Bordeaux, France) $11
Beautiful pink color, hints of red berries

From Marie-Laure Lurton:
Château de Villegeorge Cru Bourgeois 2009 (Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France) $23
Dark rich purple in color, hints of pepper and smoke

And a splurge choice from one of the more notable wineries in the Lurton collection; a wine from Berenice Lurton:
Château Climens Barsac-Sauternes 2005 (Bordeaux, France) $95
Complex, with spectacular straw color, fresh and rich

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