We love dry white Bordeaux wines and hope that more people will discover how delicious they are. This summer we had the opportunity to visit some of the Lurton chateaux (there are several) in Entre-deux-Mers and Pessac-Léognan in Bordeaux and taste the wines. André Lurton is a big producer of white dry white wines in Bordeaux and even a bit of an expert on the sauvignon blanc grape variety.
He lives at Chateau Bonnet in the Entre-deux-Mers, a property with over 200 hectares of vineyards. There he makes a very reasonably prices aromatic white, a classic blend of 50% sauvignon, 40% semillon and 10% muscadelle. (~8€)
One notch up in complexity you have Chateau Coucheroy from Pessac Léognan (~11€). The wine is fermented in oak barrels (not new) with a good body from the time on the lees without losing the freshness of the sauvignon. It’s 100% SB.
Another interesting wine in the Lurton range is Chateau de Rochemorin Blanc (~13€) also from Pessac Léognan. 100% SB. Flowery and fresh on the nose with a whiff of oak barrel. Good length and body on the palate without being heavy.
There is also the flagship, the Chateau la Louvière (Pessac-Léognan, 85% SB, 15% semillon) which is excellent. A recent vintage will set you back twenty something euro and we have recently even seen older vintage (from the chateau?) on sale in Sweden for around 30€. Aged white Bordeaux can be delicious!
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