TWO BIG FAMILIES
The union of Gonzague & Claire is the merging of two eminent wine families in Bordeaux: the Lurton family and the Merlaut family.
Their extended family owns numerous Chateaux in the Bordeaux area and all over the world.
Gonzague and Claire Lurton respectively took control of their family properties in Bordeaux in 1992 and 1993.
Château Durfort-Vivens, 2nd Classified Growth in Margaux
Château Ferrière, 3rd Classified Growth in Margaux
Château Haut-Bages Liberal, 5th Classified Growth in Pauillac
Château La Gurgue, Margaux
A few years later, together they bought :
CHÂTEAU DOMEYNE, Saint Estephe.
Then, in 2012, with an insatiable taste for adventure, they acquired a boutique vineyard in California :
ACAIBO, in the famous Sonoma valley.
Today Gonzagues and Claire manage the 6 estates, closely looking to their vineyards gettting a friendly environmental treatment that takes the exceptionnal terroir into consideration.
Since 2007 and 2009, Biodynamic tests, had been conducted at Haut Bages Liberal and Durfort-Vivens before being extended to all their vineyards.
In 2016 they own 3 out of the 6 Bordeaux classified growths to be led 100% Biodynamic.
Respect and efforts are applied to preserve the soil and sub-soil. Thanks to plowing and moderate fertilizing, microbial life in the soil is maintained, revealing the exceptional terroir.
This approach stems from acknowledging the strong heritage of an exceptional terroir that needs to be preserved and kept sustainable thanks to an eco-friendly viticulture.
Rudolf Steiner considered Modern science a fine thing, but he encouraged people not to forget all the teachings and wisdom passed down through generations – which, in the case of agriculture, went back to more than 7900 years.
Nowadays, at the head of 6 estates, Gonzague & Claire share this common passion.