THE OWNER

Who would believe that this forty year old woman is at the head of three prestigious Médoc châteaux ? She would not have believed it herself... Though she was born into a family of winemakers, she did not intend to run a wine estate. In 1992, Claire VILLARS was a doctorate student in physics and chemistry applied to archeology, in Paris. The death of her parents in an accident interrupted her student's life. She returned to Bordeaux where she became immersed in the wine world by taking over the management of some family estates. While juggling with the management of the estates, she studied viticulture and oenology at the Faculty of Oenology in Bordeaux. She also had the opportunity to be trained by her grandfather, Jacques Merlaut.

So at the age of 25, she took over the management of Châteaux FERRIERE, Haut-Bages Liberal and La Gurgue.
In 1993, she met Gonzague Lurton, the owner of Château DURFORT VIVENS (2nd grand cru classé of Margaux) and married him in 1994. Between 2000 and 2001, she undertook a major rebuilding of the wineries of Châteaux FERRIERE and Haut-Bages Libéral.
And in order to reach the highest quality, she also has worked on the enhancement of the terroir and the practice of sustainable vine growing. At the end of 2006, with her husband she bought a small estate in Saint-Estèphe, endowed with a very beautiful soil: Château DOMEYNE. In this new quality approach, Claire has been determined to pursue the challenge of reviving the prestige of her estates and making out their identities through the restoration of their terroirs.

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