Today, there are 15 Lurton family members who make wine, which makes the Lurton Family the largest winemaking family in the world.
According to the Lurton Family, “ You won’t find a group like ours anywhere else. We are the only family in the world to have so many of its members all working in the wine industry. While each has their own individual business, synergies between different branches of the family tree naturally occur from time to time. By working together, like this, we like to think we’re giving those within our industry a clearer insight into our individual differences, in terms of who we are and what we do. Our family’s involvement in such a high caliber and range of business activity makes us extremely proud of what we produce. We’re delighted to share our passion for wine with you”.
Personality, respect for nature, high standards, independence and performance are the essential characteristics of the Lurton family.
And Francois has all of the above Lurton family characteristics plus above average business and entrepreneurial skills.
Francois and his brother, Jacques, started working for their father, Andre, at several of his estates including Chateau Bonnet, Chateau La Louviere and Chateau Couhins Lurton. After school they decided to go on their own and create their own empire, as there were no signs of their father retiring. Francois learned a lot when he worked for his father at the estates, especially how to produce white wines. With that knowledge coupled with his enthusiasm for adventure, Francois searched the world for special terroir to show off his winemaking skills.
Francois winery is located in this special area and naturally shares the same name, Piedra Negra. The wines I sampled were all from the Piedra Negra winery of Francois Lurton. I found the 2009 Malbec to be elegant, yet complex, with pure, dark fruit overtones giving way to vanilla and tar. The aroma of wild strawberries danced in my mouth.
At $24 a bottle, I believe this smooth 14% alcohol wine is a true bargain.
The big brother 2009 Gran Malbec at 15.5% alcohol drank as smooth as a 13% wine. Velvety and seamless, the subtle dark fruit wine was a perfect match for lamb and a year old Sansuena cheese from Zamora, Spain.
The Gran Lurton 2011 Corte Friulano stole the show. At $17 a bottle, this elegant wine is everything a white wine should be. Elegant and complex , this aeromatic tokay is in a class of its own.