Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Touring and Tasting at Château Bonnet

The wines of Château Bonnet had been some of the first from Bordeaux that I had tried when my wine interests first began to diversify. I was very excited to visit and see from where those wines had come.

The vineyards at Château Bonnet were originally planted in the 16th century. The current owner’s grandfather took possession of the property in 1897 and began acquiring more of the surrounding land. André Lurton inherited the property in 1953 and continued his grandfather’s dream.

On our tour, I saw a large and very modern winemaking facility. Vincent Cruège, the Group Winemaking Director, showed us a winery in full action. Grapes were coming in from harvest and new wines were beginning as older wines were being bottled and boxed.

We went inside and learned about the art of blending from cellar master, Laurent Le Dez, who set up some barrel samples from different vineyards for us to blend. We also tasted the current Bordeaux Blanc and Bordeaux Rosé is their unfinished state. Christine Lurton-de Caix joined us for our tasting.

Recommended Wines to Drink Now:

Divinus de Château Bonnet 2012 - This is the chateau’s prestige cuvée made from 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. This dry red is rich and ripe with plum and red berries, a full body, smooth tannins and a light nuttiness in the finish.

Château Bonnet Bordeaux 2012 - This 50/50 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is full-bodied and dry with velvety tannins. It expresses bright cherry and blackberry notes with a slight spiciness in the finish.

Château Bonnet Bordeaux 2014 - This 50/50 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is dry, fresh and fruity with a full-body and smooth tannins. It expresses red plum and raspberry notes through the lingering finish.

Château Tour de Bonnet Bordeaux 2015 - This 50/50 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is full-bodied and dry with silky tannins, bold mixed ripe dark berry aromas and flavors with a bit of spiciness in the finish.