PESSAC-LEOGNAN, BORDEUX, FRANCE
André Lurton saved this estate as in 1967 the then owner, Madame Gasqueton, decided she was going to grub up the vines. He offered to look after them and keep the chateau's history of winemaking going. Then in 1970, her family sold the vineyard to the Societe d'Amanagement Foncier et d'Establissement Rural (SAFER) who decided to divide it up and sell it. Two years later, Lurton managed to buy part of the vineyard, and then in 1992 he bought the chateau, cellars, outbuildings and grounds, bringing a lot of the estate together to create Couhins-Lurton. A new cellar followed in the early 21st Century and now, the wines are receiving the critical acclaim they deserve.