LUR SALUCES

AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MAN AND THE SOIL

 

From their ancestor Françoise-Joséphine who participated in the advent of the grape harvest by successive sorting, to Bertrand who was at the birth of the AOC and to Alexandre who presided for a long time over the destiny of Yquem, the Lur Saluces are inseparable from the great wines of Sauternes 

In the 1930s, Bertrand de Lur Saluces, uncle of Alexandre, current owner of Château de Fargues, decided to abandon the cultivation of red vines to devote himself exclusively to the production of a great Sauternes wine. He undertook a slow and costly work to replant the entire plot of land in Fargues.

What may seem like a folly is in fact a testimony to the genius of the Lur Saluces family, whose mastery of the terroir has given the Fargues vineyard its natural vocation.

Today, the same desire for quality and rigor, the same ethics are still perpetuated.

The wine of Fargues embodies the visionary spirit and obstinacy of Lur Saluces.

For more information on the Lur Saluces family, you can consult the following books

« d’Yquem à Fargues »,  Alexandre de Lur Saluces – Gallimard

« Des hommes, des vins et des émotions, souvenirs d’un amateur de grands crus », Nicolas de Rabaudy – Edi­tions du Rocher

« Les Lur Saluces d’Yquem »,  Marguerite Figeac – Mollat 

« La Morale d’Yquem » , Entretiens avec Jean Paul Kauffmann – Grasset 

LE CHÂTEAU DE FARGUES ET LES LUR

The Château de Fargues, built in 1306, entered the family through the marriage of Isabeau de Montferrand to Pierre de Lur in 1472.

FRANÇOISE-JOSÉPHINE DE SAUVAGE D’ YQUEM

In 1785, Françoise- Joséphine de Sauvage d’Yquem married Louis Amédée de Lur Saluces. She became countess of Lur Saluces and brought the Château d’Yquem as a dowry. In 1826, she had a winery built in Yquem, a true innovation for the time.

THE RISE OF THE FAMILY IN SAUTERNES

The rise of the family patrimony during the time of Romain Bertrand, first half of the 19th century, the exceptional terroirs combined with the dynamism of the Lur saluces lead to unquestionable improvements in wine-making techniques.

BERTRAND DE LUR SALUCES THE RENAISSANCE OF FARGUES

In 1922, Bertrand de Lur Saluces arrived at Yquem. Attentive to the characteristics of the terroir, he rebuilt the vineyard of Fargues. At the same time, as president of L’Union des Crus Classés de la Gironde, he was at the heart of the defense of the grands crus.

ALEXANDRE DE LUR SALUCES

In 1968, Alexandre de Lur Saluces succeeded his uncle Bertrand de Lur Saluces. He perpetuates the same will of quality and perfection as his ancestors. In 1947, it was the first bottling at Château de Fargues with the 1943 vintage.