Château Bonnet is the boyhood home of the legendary, masterful Bordeaux vintner Andre Lurton. Situated on clay-chalk slopes in the north of the Entre-Deux-Mers, just outside the old village of Grezillac, Chateau Bonnet overlooks Saint-Emilion and the vast valley of the Dordogne. This is a part of ancient Gascony a land steeped in history. Chateau Bonnet has produced wine during five centuries and played host to many historical events and notable personages. In the 17th century, the Chateau belonged to Pierre de Reynier, a knight and the Seigneur de Barre et de Bonnet. Subsequently, one of the king's ministers acquired the property. In a later epic, just before the fall of the Ancien Regime, the estate was destroyed and rebuilt. Chateau Bonnet had a part in the French Revolution, too, when the then current owner, Jacques de Chillaud, was forced to hide in a well on the property to escape execution during the Reign of Terror. Corsairs and other colorful figures had their day at Chateau Bonnet, as well, before Leonce Recapet purchased it in 1889 and the estate passed into the hands of the Lurton family. Andre Lurton inherited Chateau Bonnet in 1956 from his grandfather with approximately 65 acres of dilapidated vines. Since then Lurton has dedicated himself to replanting and restoring the vineyards that were planted by his forbearers. Today, Chateau Bonnet comprises nearly 500 acres of well-tended vines. Moreover, Lurton has constructed a vast wine empire, consisting of more than a dozen historical properties in Entre-Deux-Mers, Graves and St. Emilion. Among these renowned properties are the great Chateau La Louviere in Graves and until recently Clos Fourtet in Saint-Emilion, both historical properties that are now at the top of the Bordeaux hierarchy. And in order to continue his great success at Les Vignobles Andre Lurton, Andre has created a special vine-nursery, which produces over 200,000 vine plants each year to replenish his vineyards.