Thierry Lur­ton

Château de Ca­marsac, En­tre-deux-mers

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What rea­sons are there to come to En­tre-deux-mers? TL:

Mon­tesquieu de­scribed En­tre- Deux- Mers as “the French Tus­cany”, Mon­taigne com­pared it to the Pô Val­ley, be­tween Venice and Mi­lan. These are not merely an­o­dyne rec­om­men­da­tions: just like Tus­cany, En­tre- Deux- Mers is a land of mixed farm­ing, it’s par­tic­u­larly hilly and en­dowed with an im­mense me­dieval her­itage. The range of flora and land­scapes in the area are only equalled by the ex­cep­tional di­ver­sity of wines that come from here. Its prox­im­ity to the cen­tre of Bordeaux, less than 30 min­utes away, makes En­tre- Deux- Mers an un­miss­able stop- off point for vis­i­tors to the re­gion.

What sort of tours and other ac­tiv­i­ties do you of­fer? TL:

Our credo is to make our wine, our ar­chi­tec­tural her­itage and the sur­round­ing na­ture ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one. That means that vis­i­tors can come and take a turn in the woods around the château in ab­so­lute au­ton­omy. We have put up signs all along the trails to let vis­i­tors dis­cover the di­ver­sity of the land­scapes, the speci­fici­ties of grow­ing wine and the his­tory of the premises, all at their own pace. For us, the wine tast­ing ses­sions are an op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate dis­cus­sion and con­vey our pas­sion. Dur­ing our blend­ing work­shops, we help vis­i­tors make the kind of wine that they want, which they then take home with them.

What mo­ti­vates your de­sire to pass on your knowl­edge and pas­sion? TL:

The phi­los­o­phy that has guided us ever since we came here 10 years ago is that we want to make the di­ver­sity of this area its main at­trac­tion. The dif­fer­ing land­scapes and soils in En­tre- Deux- Mers have long been seen as a hand­i­cap, but nowa­days we see it as its big­gest as­set. It is with this in mind that we are pre­par­ing, in con­junc­tion with our part­ners, to open a new park that is high­lights to the nat­u­ral beauty of this place. The idea is to pre­serve the area and make it more and more ac­ces­si­ble in an en­joy­able way.

From the Ca­marsac promon­tory, the Château known as “the Black Prince” dom­i­nates the di­verse na­ture of the En­tre-deux-mers re­gion. Thierry Lur­ton and his wife Solange made this place home at the be­gin­ning of the noughties, and since then they have de­vel­oped in­no­va­tive ini­tia­tives to pre­serve its out­stand­ing nat­u­ral beauty.

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