If you thought you had a lot of siblings, imagine being a Lurton.
The famous Bordeaux wine family name comprises an extensive network of 15 members leading and working in wine businesses, throughout the world.
30 vineyards, not just in Bordeaux, but also Europe and south America, produce a wide range of wines under the family ‘brand’ name.
Les Lurtons du Vin held a press tasting in London at the RAC club recently. Three recommendations include:
Chateau Climens 2009, Barsac – Sauternes, Majestic £100. If you only drink sweet wine on special occasions, make it a good one. Sauternes is justifiably famous for its high quality. Chateau Climens is made from just Semillon and run by female winemaker, Bérénice. Rich, honeyed and unctuous are Sauternes hallmarks. A classic with foie gras and delicious with blue cheese.
Mas Janeil, Le Traou de l’Ouille, 2011, Roussillon. When the big boys move into an area, you know it has potential. Roussillon white blends using Grenache Gris and Blanc can be excellent quality. With oak spice balanced by concentrated fruit and weight, this would be a tasty, substantial white for a smart dinner. A similar wine is available from Amathus.
Chateau Dauzac, Margaux, magnum, 2000. Maybe you have a soft spot for the wine region you grew up stealing from your parents’ cellar. Aged Margaux is one of life’s great wine pleasures. Elegant and evocative, nothing goes better with boeuf en croute. Repay your long suffering parents on their next anniversary, with a younger vintage from Bibendum.
For info on Lurton family wines, see their website.
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