In the 16th century, Château 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 château soon reached 120 hectares.
At the same time, he made architectural modifications to the château. 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...
Château 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.
2016 was one of the finest vintages in the past 20 years. Winter was exceptionally wet and mild, and it rained a great deal in spring until June. However, the weather changed radically in mid-June, turning warm and quite dry, with cool nights. Ideal conditions for growing excellent wine grapes!
The appearance is a very pale brilliant colour. On the nose Sauvignon Blanc aromas predominate, with complex nuances of tropical fruit and citrus that will delight people who love wines from this estate, and who appreciate its intense yet ethereal bouquet. There are also hints of yellow peach, showing that the grapes were picked very ripe. The palate is quite rich and full-bodied. The freshness enables the flavours to last from beginning to end of the tasting. Although still very young, this wine has a soft, pleasant, velvety aftertaste. It is very balanced and charming as an aperitif, or with salads and seafood dishes.
- Additional Information
Name Château Bonnet Entre-Deux-Mers Country France Region Bordeaux ABV% 12.5% Vintage 2017 Grape Variety 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Semillon, 20% Muscadelle Size 750ml Dietary Information No