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Château La Louvière White

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Château La Louvière has long been famous for its white wines.  In fact, these already highly-prized by Canadian merchants in the 17th century ! A century later, they were to be found on the finest tables in Russia.The very elegant white La Louvière is now among the finest dry white wines in the Graves, and is a fine ambassador for the Pessac-Léognan appellation. Marked by the Sauvignon Blanc varietal character, but not overly so, it can age remarkably well.


2015 Château La Louvière white label
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Elegant and Fruity

Grape blend

Sauvignon blanc 100%

Weather

2015 was the third warmest year since 1900... Drought conditions, above-average monthly temperatures and sunshine (in the first half of the year), cool nights and hot weather in August accompanying véraison (colour change) were all ideal for the vines!

Tasting Comment

Appareance

2015 white La Louvière has a brilliant, elegant, pale yellow colour.

Nose

Very promising, with charming suggestions of citrus and white fruit (nectarine).

Mouth

Starts off elegant and velvety. Well-balanced with vanilla flavour and citrus nuances. Subtle, round, and has a beautiful finish. The wine's personality and potential come through beautifully with veal, chicken, and shellfish, especially lobster.

Ratings and reviews

Le Guide Hachette : 
31.08.2017
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2018 Edition - This lovely 2015, containing a majority of Sauvignon Blanc, has a pale golden colour, enlivened by crystalline highlights, and a bouquet dominated by complex aromas from oak ageing (sweet spices, almond, and vanilla) on a background of yellow fruit. It is just as charming on the palate, with the same elegant oak notes and yellow fruit flavours. 2018 - 2023. fourchette Chicken with crayfish.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
09.02.2017
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

This textbook Pessac-Léognan shows a great balance between acidity and volume. It has a delicious aftertaste with a touch of lemon.

Le Figaro - l'Avis du Vin : 
16.05.2016
 - Note : 
16.50 / 20

Pale colour with a good complex bouquet reminiscent of white peach and grapefruit. The 2015 is far better than previous vintages. Good concentration and beautiful freshness on the palate. The aftertaste is still average in length at this stage, but there is a lovely fruity finish. Considerable progress has been made with regard to concentration. 3-12 years. (Bernard Burtschy)

Gavin Quinney (Harpers) : 
29.04.2016
 - Note : 
from 90.00 to 92.00 / 100
Perswijn : 
28.04.2016
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Matthew Jukes : 
25.04.2016
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

A touch of sawdusty oak has dampened the fruit here and there is little juiciness left to try to enchant the palate.

The Wine Cellar Insider : 
23.04.2016
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

White peach, orange marmalade and pomelo get your attention rather quickly, but its the zippy, fresh lemon peel notes in the finish that stay with you.

Decanter : 
19.04.2016
 - Note : 
92.00 / 100

Weighty apricot fruit from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, and 30% new oak with lees stirring certainly fattens up the palate. This is going for upfront impact and full expression and carries it off very well. It’s a contemporary spin and unashamedly so, without going over the top. Enjoyable. Drinking window : 2016 - 2023. (Jane Anson)

Anthocyanes : 
11.04.2016
 - Note : 
16.50 / 20
Jancisrobinson.com : 
04.04.2016
 - Note : 
17.00 / 20

Pale greenish lemon colour. Intriguing, complex nose already. Very racy overall but with satisfying depth of fruit. Good balance. Sinewy. Very competent!

The Wine Spectator : 
01.04.2016
 - Note : 
from 90.00 to 93.00 / 100

A racy style, with delicious yellow apple, white peach and verbena notes leading to a long, straw-accented finish. The underlying richness is tantalizing for future development. (James Molesworth)

Consumption period

2019 - 2031

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Ground

Surface

15.00 ha

Soil

Deep gravel with fine limestone over small areas at the foot of the slopes.

Winemaking

Grape harvest

By hand in several passes

Others

Graft stock

41B-Fercal

Plant food

Traditional, limited impact

Plant density

6,500 to 8,500 vines per hectare

Wine average age

25 years old

Grape variety

Sauvignon blanc / Sémillon

Pruning type

Sauvignon Blanc : Double guyot / Sémillon : Côts.

Fermentation

After settling, in oak barrels

Fermentation temperature

18 to 23 °C

Malolactic

No

Wine maturing

For 10 months in oak barrels (30% new) on full lees with bâtonnage

Wine montage

Tartaric precipitation by cold treatment

Maturing potential

Very expressive between 3 and 5 years old, can age 10 to 20 years

Cellar master

Jean Marc COMTE

Oenologist consultant

Denis DUBOURDIEU (Professor at the Institut d'Œnologie of Bordeaux) and Valérie LAVIGNE.

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