His son, Jacques Justin, inherited Bonnet in 1786. He demol-ished the old manor and built the current chateau, which was completed in 1788.

Pursued during the French Revolution, Jacques de Chillaud hid in a well in one of the chateau’s outbuildings. This well has now been restored. Called plain Jacques Chillaud (without the noble “de”) after he gave up his tide, he sold Bonnet and its 100 hectares of land in 1810 to Eugène Lavignac, who had made his fortune in the colonies. On November 11,1880, Eugène Lavignac’s son sold Bonnet to Etienne Brunetière, who in turn sold it to Léonce Récapet on December 30, 1897. He was one of the most important wine growers of his era and one of the trail-blazers in the replanting of the Bordeaux vineyards after they were devastated by phylloxera. He established 120 hectares of vineyards around Bonnet.

Bonnet Blanc Bordeaux WineOne of his grandsons, André Lurton, took over the ownership of the chateau in 1956 when only thirty hectares of vines remained and worked hard to re-establish and develop the vineyards planted by his grandfather.

Today, fifty percent of the wine produced by these vineyards is a much-appreciated dry white Entre-Deux-Mers. These wines are made very carefully to preserve all the freshness of the fruit. Also on the land are extensive vineyards which produce a red Bordeaux considered to be far above average for its AOC. A large part of the harvest is matured in cask. This explains the use of two labels for the red Chateau Bonnet: one matured in cask, called “traditional,” and the other bottled a little younger

and called “classic.” Bonnet Traditional oak now consists of a vast wine-casks, growing property which in certain years can produce, with its offshoots, more than 1,300 tons of wine.