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.
Spring was very trying, with considerable rainfall leading to fungal diseases of all sorts. This called for very close attention in the vines until the 14th of July, when the weather changed durably for the better.
The appearance is a brilliant deep red. The nose is powerful with hints of fresh red and black fruit such as blackcurrant. A touch of vanilla adds to the elegant roasted and oaky aromas. On the palate the fruitiness carries over, where the wine is quite round, with blackcurrant and blackberry flavours. The fresh fruit blends beautifully with the oaky and spicy nuances. The structure is at the same time solid and smooth. This wine will benefit from decanting when young.
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Name Château Bonnet Réserve Country France Region Bordeaux ABV% 13% Vintage 2014 Grape Variety 50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon Size 750ml Dietary Information No