It’s the stuff of romantic foreign films.  A French family that has been producing fine wines for hundreds of years.  A dynasty that has split, reformed, and split again.  A name forever connected with the Bordeaux wine world, yet running thirty vineyards worldwide across 1,300 hectares.  This is their family.

Today there are fifteen Lurtons producing wine (primarily in France), and twelve of them were proudly serving their handiwork at The Lurton Experience on October 19, 2011.  Held in a second-floor banquet room above Benoit Restaurant in midtown Manhattan, it was clear that the movers and shakers of the wine world were present to hold court with the royal family of wine.

Bérénice Lurton was featuring her Château Climens Barsac-Sauternes, a rich velvety white with touches of minerality typical to the appellation.  Mark Lurton was showing off his Château Reynier Bordeaux rosé, a deep pink wine full of red fruit.  André Lurton, considered by many to be the “father of the Pessac-Léognan appellation”, was highlighting his suavignon blanc, rosé, and of course his Pessac-Léognan 2006 vintage that blends merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and petit verdot varietals for a perfect pairing with dark red meats.

A table rife with rillettes de canard, artisanal cheeses, terrine, and other delicacies, kept the tasters tasting on a full stomach.  Service was impeccable, as was the delivery of each and every house of the Lurton empire.  This was a quality event, though small and subdued, but did a great job showcasing the Lurton powerhouse in America.  Santé les amis!

– Eric Reithler-Barros

Photos by Eric Reithler-Barros and via Millissime.