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Château La Louvière Red

Château La Louvière has many fascinating facets. The sumptuous architecture of the château building dates from the late 18th century, but winegrowing here goes back more than 700 years. The first vines were planted circa 1310, although modern winemaking dates from the 17th century and was handed down by able monks from the Carthusian monastery in Bordeaux, who had acquired considerable talent as viticulturists and winemakers. The people who produce the wine in the 21st century have inherited these time-honoured methods, adding just the right amount of innovation and modernity to make the utmost of the outstanding terroir. La Louvière's red wine has a dark colour and an elegant bouquet with delicate hints of oak...

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label château La Louvière red 2007
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Full and Complex

Grape blend

Cabernet Sauvignon 64% / Merlot 30% / Cabernet Franc 3% / Petit Verdot 3%.


2007 was cool and wet from May to August, and not particularly conducive to ripening for the red wine varieties. A beautiful month of September – warm and relatively dry – meant that the grapes could be picked over a long period at perfect ripeness.

Tasting Comment


Deep garnet-red colour.


The bouquet has a pleasant mineral quality as well as hints of tobacco and cigar box. Attractive ripe black fruit aromas are released when the wine is swirled in the glass.


The palate has powerful stewed black fruit and Morello cherry flavours, followed by black pepper that wakes up the taste buds, as well as subtle toasty nuances due to barrel ageing. (Johanna Dayer - July 2013 )

Ratings and reviews

Other : 
 - Note : 
14.50 / 20

Jean-Marc Quarin - Dark colour with good intensity and starting to show a little age. Ripe fruit on the nose, with new oak and typical Merlot aromas. Fruity, tight, and attractive on the palate, with a medium-long aftertaste. 2012-2017.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

Impressive to date, this 2007 has kept its charm but seems less voluminous.

Gault et Millau : 
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

This Pessac red displays power and balance, with aromas that blend black fruit and toasty notes. Upfront, the palate is round, voluminous and fleshy.

Le Guide Hachette : 
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The charm of this elegant neoclassical château, with its fine park and ornamental lake, is enhanced by the aura of its owner, André Lurton, who has spent over thirty-five years restoring the vineyards and buildings. Here you get a true sense of what Bordeaux is all about, even in a difficult vintage like 2007. This red Pessac is a blend of two thirds Cabernet Sauvignon, one third Merlot, with just a smidgeon of Petit Verdot. Its crimson highlights, delicate spiced oak nose, breadth and opulence, elegant structure and firm tannins are hallmarks of a wine of character. Wait two years, then enjoy with a choice beef roast or a steak. The 2005 and 2000 were "Coups de Coeur".

Bettane et Desseauve : 
 - Note : 
14.00 / 20

A neighbour of Carbonnieux and Haut-Bailly, majestic Château La Louvière is one of the most effective ambassadors of Pessac-Léognan around the world. La Louvière's wines are powerful and austere, but unfailingly good and age superbly. Dark red colour with a toasty nose. Elegant and smooth on the palate with average e toasty nose. Elegant and smooth on the palate with average length, but plenty of refinement. Attractive wine. 2010-2018.

The Wine Advocate : 
 - Note : 
87.00 / 100

A big, earthy, berry fruit, spice box, and unsmoked tobacco-scented nose is followed by a lovely, fruit-foward, medium-bodied, soft wine that is meant to be consumed over the next 5-6 years. (Robert Parker )

Decanter : 
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Oak dominates the nose now with some black fruit characters behind. A compact, tightly structured palate of black fruits and leafy notes, very firm tannins and a long, lingering finish. With time the oak and tannins will soften. From 2015.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

Guide d'achat des crus - Attractive fruit, balanced palate.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
 - Note : 
from 16.00 to 17.00 / 20

Great success.

Vinifera : 
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Attractive ruby colour. Raspberry and red fruit notes. Expressive nose. Fluid and seductive, balanced, slightly linear finish.

The Wine Spectator : 
 - Note : 
from 84.00 to 87.00 / 100

Aromas of blackberry and mineral follow through to a medium body, with fine tannins and a clean finish. (James Suckling)

Consumption period

2013 - 2022

Our suggestions




46.00 ha


Deep gravel


Grape harvest

By hand with small deep crates


Graft stock

101.14 - Riparia gloire - 3309

Plant food

Traditional, limited impact

Plant density

8,500 vines per hectare

Wine average age

25 years

Grape variety

Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Petit Verdot

Pruning type

Double Guyot with debudding


In stainless-steel temperature-controlled tanks with patented cap-breaking system and concrete tanks with pigeage

Fermentation temperature

28 to 30 °C



Wine maturing

For 12 months in oak barrels (40 % new) with racking

Wine montage

Egg white

Maturing potential

Subject to vintage, expressive between 3 and 5 years, can age 15 to 30 years.

Cellar master

Jean Marc COMTE

Oenologist consultant

Michel ROLLAND and Mikaël LAIZET.