MASTERING THE ART OF FINE WINES

TEXT: KATIE TURNER | PHOTO © CHATEAU BOUSCAUT

Stepping into the Château Bouscaut near Bordeaux, is stepping into the history of wine. The owner, Sophie Lurton-Cogombles, has witnessed winemaking from close quarters since childhood. She is a member of the Lurton family, who have cultivated the vines in the region around Bordeaux for four generations.

“My father wanted to pass on, not just the estate, but also his knowledge of the production of the very finest vintages. That’s something we can, in turn, pass on to our visitors,” says Lurton-Cogombles, who now runs the Château Bouscaut estate with her agronomist husband Laurent (an expert in soil management and crop production).

The château has an environmental classification and it is also one of the 16 ‘crus classés de Graves’, and one of only six to have this prestigious classification for both red and white wines. Their vast cellar was renovated in 2010 and a new barrel cellar built, which is open to the public, with tours in English as well as French and Spanish.

There are several wine workshops on offer, including food pairing. But you can go even deeper at Château Bouscaut, with an opportunity to learn from a wine specialist how to identify the notes and flavours in the glass: Or, be guided in the art that every winemaker must master – blending.

The estate, just a 20-minute drive from Bordeaux, is a labour of love for Laurent and Sophie Cogombles, who travel extensively to meet buyers and promote their wine.

Château Bouscaut also runs a gîte that sleeps ten – Château Valoux – overlooking the vineyards. Given the glorious surroundings, it is not difficult to imagine that many visitors would find that a wine-tasting workshop just is not enough, and end up booking themselves in for a week.

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