André Lurton, a great figure in Bordeaux viticulture and creator of the Pessac-Léognan appellation, died Thursday at the age of 94, according to the group's general manager, who bears his name.
"Mr Lurton died at Château Bonnet in the room where he was born 94 years ago", told AFP Pascal Le Faucheur, who heads this group active in ten Bordeaux properties spread over more than 600 hectares of vine.
Château Bonnet, founded by his grandfather in 1897, is located in the municipality of Grézillac (Gironde), of which André Lurton was the mayor for 45 years.
He also chaired the Interprofessional Council of Bordeaux wines (CIVB) for 20 years (1966-1986) and created in 1987 the protected designation of origin pessac-léognan, by the grouping of prestigious cru de graves, south of Bordeaux .
The vineyards André Lurton, present in seven Bordeaux appellations, include in their portfolio the Château La Louvière, a grand cru from the Graves region entered the family in 1965, or Château Couhins-Lurton, grand cru classé of pessac-léognan .