Jacques and Francois Lurton preside over a modern-day wine dynasty that breaks the mold of their predecessors. The sons of a well known Bordeaux owner-grower named André Lurton (of Châteaux Bonnet and Clos Fourtet among others) they have chosen to forsake their ties to the traditional estate, and instead become globe trotting multi-continental winemakers. The Lurton brothers either own vineyards or have control over vineyards in France, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Australia, and Uraguay, and use them to produce several lines of generally value-priced wines.
More experienced wine snobs have often scoffed at the Lurtons' high production, shotgun approach to producing a lot of wines globally, but a quick troll through the wine press shows them winning accolades as a producer of some of the worlds best wines in the sub $10 price range (they're frequently showing up as Wine Spectator's wines of the week).
This wine is 100% Sauvignon Blanc from Southern France. The winemakers haven't told us much about the grapes other than they come from a warm vineyard site. It seems like it has seen some oak, but not heavy, and other than that, its anyone's guess.
This wine glows a light green gold in the glass and fills the nose with scents of melon, pear, and white Ranier cherries along with some nice dried wheat aromas. On the palate it is cool and crisp with perfect acidity and flavors of limestone and green pears. The finish is especially nice, and incorporates unique flavors of clover honey. The wine is missing the blockbuster aromatics and/or stunning mineral and fruit that make for a truly amazing Sauvignon Blanc, but is nonetheless a solid effort.
I had mine with a large bowl of French style mussels in a garlic and herb broth. The snappy mineral flavors of the wine were a nice contrast to the slightly salty and garlic butter of the white wine infused broth.
Overall Score: 8.5/9
How Much?: $7
Try for this wine at your local store that tends to carry a lot of French imports. They are represented in the US by ExCellars importing. If you'd really like to get ahold of this wine, call them and they can point you to a retailer in your area.
A wine book like no other. Photographs, essays, and wine recommendations. Learn more.
Vinography Images: Big Shadow Come Explore The Essence of Wine with Me in Healdsburg: October 30th, 2014 Vinography Unboxed: Week of October 5, 2014 Another Idiotic California Law Screws Wineries Vinography Images: Vineyard Reflections The Fake Tongue Illusion and Wine Tasting 2014 Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting: October 21, San Francisco Cool Beauty: Tasting the Wines of the Western Sonoma Coast Vinography Images: Shaggy Companions 2014 Pinot on the River Tasting: October 26, Healdsburg
Masuizumi Junmai Daiginjo, Toyama Prefecture Wine.Com Gives Retailers (and Consumers) the Finger 1961 Hospices de Beaune Emile Chandesais, Burgundy Wine Over Time The Better Half of My Palate 1999 KirÃ¡lyudvar "Lapis" Tokaji Furmint, Hungary What's Allowed in Your Wine and Winemaking Why Community Tasting Notes Sites Will Fail Appreciating Wine in Context The Soul vs. The Market 1989 Fiorano Botte 48 Semillion,Italy