Chateau Bonnet Entre Deux Mers Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Bonnet Chateau Chateau Bonnet Entre Deux Mers Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Chateau Bonnet History, Overview

The formation of Chateau Bonnet dates back to the mid 1500’s, when the vines were first cultivated by the de Reynier family. The vast estate remained in the hands of the de Reynier family until 1744, when they sold it to the Chillaud Desfieux family.

It was under the direction of Jacques Justin de Chillaud Desfieux that the massive chateau that still exists today was constructed.

In 1897, Chateau Bonnet was once again sold, this time to Leonce Recapet. Through inheritances, the property remains in his direct descendants today, the Lurton family.

Under the direction of Leonce Recapet, the vineyards of Chateau Bonnet were replanted and expanded. The chateau was enlarged and updated as well. In 1953, Andre Lurton, the grandson of Leonce Recapet inherited Chateau Bonnet.

At the time, Chateau Bonney had about 30 hectares under vine. Andre Lurton is responsible for increasing the size and planting the vineyard that exists today.

The Lurton family, are one of the largest family owners in Bordeaux, with vast holdings in Margaux, Pessac Leognan and Sauternes, remain the owners of Chateau Bonnet today. Chateau Bonnet became the first well-known Bordeaux chateau to seal their wine bottles using screw caps instead of corks.

Chateau Bonnet Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The massive vineyard of Chateau Bonnet is located in Grezillac, which is not that far south of St. Emilion is 300 hectares in size, making it one of the largest vineyards in all of Bordeaux. The vineyard has a terroir of clay and limestone soils.

For the white wine grapes, the vineyard of Chateau Bonnet is planted to 52% Sauvignon Blanc, 33% Semillon and 15% Muscadelle. The average age of the vines remains about 19 years of age.

The vineyards are planed to a vine density that ranges from 3,000 vines per hectare to 5,000 vines per hectare. The white wine grapes are harvested using a combination of machine and hand picking.

For the red wine grapes, the vineyard of Chateau Bonnet is planted to 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. The average age of the vines remains about 17 years of age. The vineyards are planed to a vine density that ranges from 3,000 vines per hectare to 5,000 vines per hectare. The red wine grapes machine harvested.

To produce the white wine of Chateau Bonnet, there is some limited skin contact. There is no malolactic fermentation. The wine is vinified and in stainless steel vats and aged on its lees in the same tanks for 4 months before bottling. Chateau Bonnet Blanc is made from a blend of 52% Sauvignon Blanc, 33% Semillon and 15% Muscadelle.

Chateau Bonnet Reserve white is produced from a different blend of 52% Sauvignon Blanc, 33% Semillon. The reserve is aged using 20% new, French oak barrels for 5 months. The white wines of Chateau Bonnet are sold as Entre Deux Mers.

To produce the white wine of Chateau Bonnet, vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine is aged in a combination of French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks.

The red wine of Chateau Bonnet is produced from an average blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot. Chateau Bonnet Reserve red wine is aged using 25% new, French oak barrels for 12 months before bottling. The red wines of Chateau Bonnet are sold as Bordeaux Superieur.

When to Drink Chateau Bonnet, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Bonnet is better with at least 1-2 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for under 1 hour helping the wine soften to help develop the aromatic character.

Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Bonnet offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 1-5 years after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Bonnet with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Bonnet is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Bonnet is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Bonnet is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

The white wine of Chateau Bonnet is perfect when paired with all types of fish, chicken, shellfish, sushi and sashimi.

Divinus de Chateau Bonnet Rouge was first produced with the 2000 vintage. The wine is made from a blend 4 hectare parcel of vines on their best clay soils. The wine is produced from a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is then aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for 18 months.

While the most popular and important wine of Chateau Bonnet remain their white wines, the estate also produces other wines including: Tour de Bonnet in red and white wine and a rose’.

On average, the entire production of Chateau Bonnet is close to 185,000 cases of wine per year.

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Château Bonnet Wine Tasting Notes

6 Vintages 10,635 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2016Château Bonnet Blanc  (Entre-Deux-Mers)88

Forward, open, easy to like and drink style of white Bordeaux with a light, but refreshing lemon, lime and green apple character. Drink this at cellar temperature, and on the young side.

1,356 Views   Tasted
2015Château Bonnet Cuvée Divinus  (Bordeaux)89

With a ripe, dark cherry and chocolate profile, the wine is round, forward and fresh, with a fruity sweetness in the round textured finish.

1,239 Views   Tasted
2015Château Bonnet Blanc  (Entre-Deux-Mers)86

Medium bodied, forward, fresh, lemon lime nose, with a light, fresh, lemon and green apple finish. This is a nice summer quaffer that should be enjoyed in its first year or two of life.

1,048 Views   Tasted
2014Château Bonnet Blanc  (Entre-Deux-Mers)85

Light, fresh, uncomplicated, easy drinker with a fresh, crisp. lemon, lime and green apple finish. Serve it chilled and drink it young for maximum enjoyment.

1,677 Views   Tasted
2012Château Bonnet Blanc  (Entre-Deux-Mers)86

Medium bodied, forward, fresh, lemon lime nose, with a light, fresh, lemon and green apple finish. This is a nice summer quaffer that should be enjoyed in its first year or two of life.

1,234 Views   Tasted

Medium bodied, forward, correct, citrus oriented wine, with freshness and easy drinking, likability.

1,683 Views   Tasted 85
2010Château Bonnet  (Bordeaux)83

Light quaffer, with an earthy, red berry character that requires early drinking.

2,398 Views   Tasted