Pierre Lurton

Lifetime Achievements 2018
Bordeaux, France

Pierre Lurton was born in Bordeaux in 1956 to Hélène Lafitte and Dominique Lurton. Pierre Lurton has six children with his wife, Carole Texier and lives in the Entre-Deux-Mers, between Saint-Emilion and Sauternes.

At the age of 23 he took over the running of Clos Fourtet, a Saint-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé belonging to the Lurton family. At 34 he became General Director of Cheval Blanc, a Saint-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé A belonging to Fourcaud-Laussac.

In 1998, Bernard Arnault and Baron Albert Frère acquired Cheval Blanc and appointed Lurton Managing Director. On May 18, 2004, Bernard Arnault and the LVMH appointed him CEO of Château d’Yquem, a Sauternes Premier Cru Supérieur.

Lurton combines his responsibilities at Cheval Blanc and Yquem with those at an Argentinian vineyard called Cheval des Andes, born of an alliance between Bodega Chandon (part of the LVMH Group) and Cheval Blanc.

He also serves as a consultant for a choice selection of wineries in South Africa, New Zealand and California.

In addition, Lurton established his own vineyard in Entre-Deux-Mers called Château Marjosse, whose wines are now being lauded by international critics.

He was awarded the French National Order of Merit in 2005.

A passionate sailor, he owns a vintage boat and dreams of competing in the America’s Cup.

He is a skilled horseman and enjoys riding through the foothills of the Andean Cordillera as well as in his native land of Entre-Deux-Mers.

As a musician he plays numerous instruments, but it is at the piano that he expresses his eclecticism and zest for life.

Pierre Lurton was named Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco in Bordeaux in 2008.

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