Part of the family-owned Les Vignobles André Lurton, Château Bonnet has been in the Lurton family since 1897. It was inherited by current patriarch Andre Lurton in 1953, who transformed his tiny family estate into the largest chateau in Bordeaux. André Lurton is one of the main figures behind Bordeaux’s quality revolution, and Château Bonnet is the beneficiary of his exacting standards.
Over the past 60 years, André Lurton has simultaneously preserved traditional winemaking techniques while embracing technological advances. In addition, as one of the top three land owners in Bordeaux, he has an exceptional level of control over his fruit. This combination of tradition, modernity, and vineyard ownership means Lurton has the rare ability to offer unique, terroir-driven wines with consistently excellent quality.
In most of France, wines are named by their place of origin and not by the type of grape (with the exception of Alsace). Just like a red Burgundy is by law, always made of Pinot noir, a red Bordeaux is a blended wine composed mainly of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Depending on the laws of the village from which the grapes come, the conditions of the vintage and decisions of the winemaker, the blend can be further supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and in rare cases, Carmenere. So popular and repeated has this mix of grape varieties become worldwide, that the term, Bordeaux Blend, refers to a wine blended in this style, regardless of origin.