Discovering the Lurton Family: A Few Moments In Bordeaux

The beauty of Bordeaux is not defined or depicted in books, nor can it be merely found in a bottle, but rather in the moments that are toasted, the smiles that are shared in a tasting and tour, and the comraderies felt when kissing goodnight in the vineyards.

Of course, the beauty in the bottle is something that can be accentuated by individual experiences and for this I share my own with you.

I need to preface this with a stereotype I am happy to say has been dismissed. I have always been told or read that Bordeaux wine proprietors are stuffy, slightly crunchy, or adamant about hiding the beauty of Bordeaux from outsiders. I experienced something quite different from this. At each Château, I was warmly greeted by either the winemaker, CEO, General Manager, or the family representative holding the history of the Château high and proud as they poured their wines. And the best is that everyone received my hugs by returning one warmly.

My adventures led me from St. Estephe clay to Pessac boulbenes to Lussac limestone. I’ll begin at the end of our adventures first stay at Château Pichon-Longueville-Comtesse de Lalande in Pauillac. This modest estate, in comparison to her brother Pichon-Baron, is most beautiful and forms a triangle of energy with Latour and Leoville Las Cases.

André Lurton Love

 Lees aging to stabilize fruit and aromas and extend freshness of wine

Integrated Vinification:

  • highlight quality and improve perception of terroir
  • 25% more extractions
  • pigeage
  • cold-stabiliazation of whites

Density Sorter: measures the relationship of the relative density of the must and the relative density of the water

Seguin-Moreau oak used for less tannins and “oaky” flavour (from Cognac)

Château La Louvière was not producing wines in 1953/1957 during the Classification of Graves therefore it remains a benchmark wine of the region though unclassified

Château Barbe Blanche in Lussac-St.-Emilion is a 50% partnership;


Château La Louvière 2004 (under screwcap): in addition to the excitement of having Cristine Lurton at the tasting I was floored by the tenacity and tension of this wine. Vibrant, bright, and still full of accentuated yellow apple, spiced crust, and extenuating acidity that feeds the tongue with love

Château La Louvière 2006 (under screwcap): cream, delicate lemongrass soup; although this does not encompass the description for a guest this was my first impression and it held me reminiscent to a beautiful time. The vintage indicates a longer ripening time and the wine shows a more elegant, lingering vibrancy


Château Couhins-Lurton 1967 (Daniel’s birthday year bliss): meaty, rich, smoked yellow apple and pear, lingering barley sugar and solid acidity; a comparison could be made to an aged Chassagne or Saumur-Champigny


Château Couhins-Lurton 2004 (under screwcap): energetic, grapefruit, apple peel, smoke, dried lemongrass, smoked pear


Château Couhins-Lurton 2006 (under screwcap): easily bright and fresh and a “classic” Bordeaux Blanc in this Yanks opinion. Quince, starfruit, coconut, cream soda, onion skin and love


Château Couhins-Lurton 2011 (natural cork): creamy texture and rounded tropical fruits


Château Couhins-Lurton 2015 (DIAM): fresh mint and zesty citrusand lush tropical fruits; wild acidity


Barrel tasting Château Rochmorin:

  • 3 plots all vinified alike but very different stylistically
  • variations between tropical fruits, citrus, and stone fruits
  • lean vs creamier textures


Château Barbe Blanche 2014: chocolate, purple plum skin, black cherry, dried rhubarb ; humble and smooth


Château Barbe Blanche 2015 higher Merlot component ; lush black plum, blackberry, sweet tobacco, mocha


Blind tasting Château Barbe Blanche Single Varieties :

  • Cabernet Sauvignon – tight and grainy but fresh ripe red and black fruits
  • Cabernet Franc – savoury black fruits and supple tannins
  • Merlot – high purple floral and fruit tones



L’orleans dinner:

Château Rochmorin 2012 rich and bright red fruits and supple tannins


Château Rochmorin 2014 smokey and graceful


Château Couchery 2014 approachable and juicy red-fruited second wine of Rochmorin


Château Bonnet 2015 fresh and red fruit driven