France: Bordeaux

Southern Médoc

Margaux, Listrac and Moulis
By Jane Anson

This Guide was last updated on 20 March 2010
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Château La Tour de Bessan

Address: 2036 Chalet, 33480 Moulis-en-Médoc
Tel: 05 56 58 22 01  Fax: 05 56 58 15 10
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 45:3:23N (45.05642)    Longitude: -0:46:49W (-0.78040) 

Owned by Marie Laure Lurton, a wonderful addition to the Bordeaux wine scene from one of the oldest clans in the business, this is an excellent visit, and a good example of how Margaux and its surrounding appellations have been modernising recently. For a start, Madame Lurton is part of Les Médocaines (, a group of four female winemakers who offer harvest days in the vineyards and other more interesting forms of wine tourism. But the château itself is even better – built around the remains of a 12th century castle, its tower has some of the oldest stone walls in the Médoc, while the winery and cellar have some of the newest. The new building is futuristic, architect-designed and very sleek. Tours last around 90 minutes (in the winery and cellar, as the vines are a little way from the property). Wines on offer for tasting are from the three Cru Bourgeois estates that Lurton runs – la Tour de Bessan, Villegeorge and Duplessis and the wines are available to buy direct. The château also offers blending workshops every Monday from February to April though the Bordeaux Tourist Office.

Useful information: €5 for tour and tasting of three wines, Monday to Thursday 10.00-12.30 and 14.00-17.00. Friday 8.00-13.00 and 13.30-16.00, by appointment from September to June. From 11.00-18.00, with no appointment from May to August. Open weekends if booked (cost €6 on Sundays) in advance, or when special events are going on (such as Margaux Saveurs, see ‘Events’ ). Tours in English, Spanish and French. Groups welcome, between 4 and 15 people.


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