After a lovely wine lunch at Planet Bordeaux we said our goodbyes and settled into the chauffeured car and off to our next appointment.
Marc and Agnés Lurton are the owners of Château Reynier, in the Entre-Deaux-Mers region of Bordeaux. Lurton, a member of one of the pre-eminent winemaking families of Bordeaux, has been making wine at Château Reynier since 1996; the estate has been part of the family’s heritage for over four generations. The farmhouse, built from limestone excavated from the wine cave, is in the path of the St. James Way, and was once used as an inn by weary travelers on their pilgrimage to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain.
After a quick photo-op in the vineyards, and a peek into the tank where the 2011 vintage was fermenting, we ventured into the two thousand year-old caves, which beckoned with untold stories.
Then we got down to the business of tasting. “I don’t like use the term ‘Bordeaux Superior’ as it implies there is inferior. And Bordeaux is not,” says Marc Lurton as he pours. The wines are elegant and approachable. As a special treat we tasted tank samples of the just crushed 2011.
The Lurton’s have a certain fondness for the United States, as they were married in Las Vegas, (but not as I had hoped by an Elvis impersonator) when Marc was appreciating as a winemaker in California. Unfortunately, their wines are not available in California or Nevada at this time, but if you’re lucky enough to be in New York or New Jersey, make a pilgrimage to your local wine merchant.
photo credit: EatonAlive ©2011
This experience was part of a press tour sponsored by Planet Bordeaux.