J & F Lurton SA was founded by Jacques and Francois Lurton, the sons of renowned Bordeaux estate owner Andre Lurton. In 1988, after working for their father for over a decade, they decided to venture on their own as Andre had no desire to produce wines outside of Bordeaux. Jacques and Francois started as wine consultants throughout Argentina and by 1992 they were producing their own J & F Lurton wines. 4 years later they established Bodega J & F Lurton in the heart of the Uco Valley in Mendoza and planted J & F Lurton vineyards throughout the region. With the goal of moving into various new world wine markets, Jacques and Francois established vineyards and constructed J & F Lurton wineries in Chile, Spain, Portugal, Languedoc and of course Argentina. Because of their size and presence in various markets, their lines of wines are vast and range from the everyday value wine to the single vineyard reserve selections which tend to find their way to the top of our J & F Lurton ratings. For more information, and a full list of rated and reviewed wines, check out our J & F Lurton reviews below.
Let’s face it, the raw power of this wine is impressive. At 15.5% it cannot claim to pull punches; in fact, it’s jam-packed with balsam and cedar aromas bolstered by dark, seductive fruit and marzipan flavors. A true knife-and-fork wine that finishes with licorice so potent it’s reminiscent of Sanmbuca. Drink through 2010.
A big, floral, fruity wine with all the hallmarks of excellence. The fruit is exacting, ripe and healthy, the tannins are firm, and the acidity is just right. It avoids all pitfalls as it transitions well from nose to palate to finish. Lots of fruit to ponder, then coffee, spice and chocolate at the end.
Lush and hedonistic red wine. Aromas of blackbery purée, campfire and molten chocolate lead to toasty wild berry, plum and fudge-like flavors. Lively, acidic, tannic and huge; not for the feint of heart or palate. Powerful and leaves a thick residue on the long finish. Hold until 2011.
Excelencia is a great wine that offers a lot of character beyond just bold fruit and body. This is by far the best El Albar that the Lurtons have made; it features citrus peel, sexy berry fruit and baking spices on the nose, and then sweet berry, black plum, spice and warmth on the palate. It’s powerful as a Toro wine should be, but not tannic or harsh. A monster…
This is what full-force, high-elevation Malbec is all about. The color is opaque, the nose a potent brew of herbal mint, blackberry and earth. With layers of warmth and depth on the finish, this wine represents the bigger is better school of thought.
For the second straight year, Chacayes scores major points among serious Argentine wines competing for the world’s attention. This blend of 80% Malbec and 20% Cabernet is deep, dark and seductive. It’s all about compact, intense fruit supported by hefty tannins. Very nice and perfectly ripe. Hold a couple of years for best results.
With each vintage this bruising Toro gets more comfortable and familiar. Yes, it’s still a tannic behemoth with a ton of new oak, but under all that bluster there’s wonderful Tinta de Toro blackberry, licorice and tobacco flavors. And the finish of mocha and more is better than any visit to Starbucks. Hold until 2009.
Fitou, a small region entirely surrounded by Corbières, is very dry in the summer. In 2004, when little rain fell, the grapes became extra concentrated, as shown here. There’s a powerful burst of fruit, with black cherries, coffee and plenty of spice from the 50% Syrah. Only to finish are the tannins at all apparent.