Monthly Archives: June 2015

The Lurton: a family of winegrowers. #wine #bordeaux #brussels


A world-famous family of the world of wine was recently in Brussels…

The members of the family gathered in Brussels for an exceptional tasting. Belgium is indeed one of their key market. This inescapable oenological event allowed 130 professionals to savour the most beautiful vintage wines of the family Lurton. They actually represent 27castles on 1300 hectares of vineyards around the world. Their main production countries are France, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Portugal and Spain. It is always the same passion for the vinification and the wine that drives each of its members. The family has its roots in the family castle, the Château Bonnet in the Entre-Deux-Mers. But it is in fact 5 generations in the service of the wine… It was around 1992 thatthe current generation has taken over the flambleau transmitted by Andre Lurton. They are dedicated to value their land, their expertiseand the personality of their wines. To be an entrepreneur is  a leitmotif and a very strong charactertype  among the Lurton

Here, among others, the path of Pierre Lurton, another son of Dominique (4th branch of the Lurton) is now manager of Château Yquem in Sauternes and of Château Cheval Blanc in Saint-Emilion. Two properties of the French businessman Bernard Arnault, in association with the belgian businessman Albert Frère for “Cheval Blanc”. One of the four First Grand Cru Classé A, during the classification in 2012 by the Commission of Classification of the Council of wines of Saint-Emilion.


Pierre has also just acquired  the property of Château Marjosse, a small chartreuse in the Entre-Deux-Mers of the XVIIth, which he desired for 15 years.

There is also Jacques Lurton son of Andre, who besides being consultant in wines, lives  on a small 10 hectares-vineyard and since 2000 makes  a magnificent wine on Kangooroo Island in Australia. He is installed in a fresh region  close to the ocean and the  soils contain  a natural acidity. He succeded  it transmitting  his passion of the history and the wine culture of the old continent into the New World.
At this event,   event, H.E. Bernard Valero, Ambassador of France in Belgium was present . This event wqas of course of high importance  for the development on the belgian market  the whole family.

As Victor Hugo said : God had made only the water, but the man made the wine. “

The following members of the family were present or represented during this unique event:
Marie-Laure Lurton: Vignobles Marie-Laure Lurton.
Sophie Lurton: Château Bouscaut.
Christine Lurton-de Caix: Vignobles André Lurton
François Lurton: Domaines François Lurton.
Marc Lurton: Vignobles Marc et Agnès Lurton.
Pierre Lurton: Château Marjosse.
Jacques Lurton: The Islander Estate Vineyards.
Bérénice Lurton: Château Climens.
Denis Lurton: Château Desmirail.
Thierry Lurton: Château de Camarsac.
André Lurton: Vignobles André Lurton (représenté par Christine Lurton-de Caix).
Henri Lurton: Château Brane-Cantenac (représenté par Bérénice Lurton).
Gonzague Lurton: Château Durfort-Vivens (représenté par Marie-Laure Lurton).

Olivier Bulto

Tasting Bancal del Bosc 2013 red. #Spain #wine #catalunya



Bancal del Bosc 2013, a red wine with denomination of origin in Montsant, is a wine elaborated by the winery Vinyes Dòmenech (Tarragona, Spain).

The Spanish cellar, owner since 2002 of one of the oldest vineyards of Tarragona produces red and white wines of high quality.

The wine, mostly made of grenache grape (60%) has been six months in barrels of French and American oak. It is characterized by  a black fruit aroma and about its taste it has a greedy and fruity entrance that presents a certain roughness with a sweet and elegant tannin.



Decanter World Wine Awards #wine #awards #Bordeaux


Last Sunday, on 14th June, the results of the Decanter World Wine Awards 2015, that is the world’s largest and most influential wine competition were published.

A list of 15,929 wines had been judged by the top wine experts from around the globe, where there were 35 international trophies, that it is the highest accolade a wine can achieve at the DWWA.

Among them there were 19 white wines, 14 red wines and 2 pink wines and at the same time eight of them come from France, six from Australia, five from South Africa and four from Spain.

Moreover, the international trophy for Red Bordeaux varietals was given to the Spanish Miguel Torres, for its Reserva Real 2010 (Penedes, Catalonia). This wine, created in the 1990s is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes and it is a further example of Spain’s growing reputation for quality.


Patricia Fernández Ruiz.




Wines from Spain: Bancal del Bosc white 2013 #spain #wine #catalunya

foto-1-7-300x264Bancal del Bosc Blanc 2013, which its denomination of origin is Montsant, is an incursion that the Spanish winery Vynes Domènech (Tarragona, Spain) presented two years ago with the harvest of 2013.

Vynes Domènech winery is an innovative project focused on the GreenCeller including organic vineyard,bioclimatic architecture and green technologies.

With a variety of 60% of white grenache and after an elaboration that took 5 months with fine lees in stainless steel, Bancal del Bosc Blanc 2013 is a very pleasant wine able to convince everyone.

It is characterized by a straw yellow color with an intense aroma of fresh white fruit, mainly pear and apple with touches of citrus fruit. Moreover, it has a liqueur flavor that is very fine leaving a long lingering end. Therefore, it is a perfect wine to be combined with fish, seafood, cheese, white meat or snacks.

After the success of the winery with their first white wine called Rita, Bancal del Bosc Blanc 2013 becomes the second white wine reference of this acclaimed cellar.


Patricia Fernández Ruiz.

Why Mendoza is the most important wine region of Argentina? #Mendoza #wines #Argentina #GreatWineCapitals


The availability of pure meltwater from The Andes, the structure of arid soils and the abundance of sunshine are some of the natural competitive advantages that this region enjoys.

All of them, together with new infrastructures and new technologies investment had allowed Mendoza enhancing competitiveness and its wine’s diversity.

Mendoza, the most important wine region of Argentina covers around the 80% of the country’s wine production. Due to its brilliant characteristics, the result is the obtention of excellent wines and it is for this reason that it has been selected as one of the Great Wine Capitals.


Patricia Fernández Ruiz.

Uruguayan wines exceed expectations in Expo Milan 2015 #wine #Uruguay #expo #Milan


Until now, the success of Uruguayan wines on the pavilion of Expo Milan 2015, goes much further than the expectations thought. This result could opens eyes to new possibilities of increasing exports.

The international megaexposition that started on May 1, shows the country with a board and careful selection of wines to be offered to its clientele.

The participant wineries are Juanicó, Carrau, De Lucca, Garzón, Estancia La Cruz and Grupo Traversa and they were selected by the National Wine Institute of Uruguay.

From the very beginning, the public assistance estimated was around 250 and 300 every day, but during the first fifteen days it achieved 400 diners daily.

The economic effort needed for the participation in this international event has been evaluated and an important boost is expected to increase the volume of exports, mainly on those wines with a preferential quality.

Patricia Fernández Ruiz


The spanish wineries, the thirds best in the world #wineries #spain

Agroinformacion.com06042013_81703In modern wine history, Spain has often lagged behind France and Italy, but nowadays, spanish wine is in a growing moment. From the dry white wine of Rias Baixas to the red wine of Priorat, Spain leaves a great taste in our mouths.

Among the best wineries of Spain are Penedès, with Bodegas Miguel  Torres (Spanish wine export  leader and  Spanish domestic market supplier leader) and Jean Leon (Catalonia);  Priorat, with Clos Erasmus, Clos Mogador, Costers de Siurana, Mas Martinet and Principales bodegas y vinos del Priorat, (Catalonia); Ribera del Duero, with Tinto pesquera, Dominio de Pingus and Vega Sicilia, (Castile and Leon) and finally, Rioja, with Marqués de Riscal (The oldest and most traditional winery of La Rioja).

Furthermore, among the top wine producers of Spain are Álvaro Palacios, one of the most prestigious in the Priorat region and one of the most succesful winemakers of the moment. With René Barbier and Carles Pastrana, he has revolutionized the Spanish wine in the recent decades. Álvaro Palacios makes some of the most important wines of Spain, where we can find brands marketed as L’Ermita, Finca Dofí and Les Terrases.

It is also important to mention the Danish producer Peter Sisseck with his highest level wine, the Pingus, which is the most expensive wine of the country, but also Flor de Pingus is one of the best Spanish wines. He also has other wines known as Psi and Clos d’Agon.

Patricia Fernández Ruiz.