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Les Lions de La Louvière White

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The Cuvée Les Lions from Château La Louvière is a rare wine. In fact, it has only been made in 1989, 1996, 2003 and 2010, i.e. only in years with certain outstanding weather conditions (warmth, humidity, etc.) conducive to the development of noble rot on our Sauvignon Blanc grapes.  Nature is fantastic since, as luck would have it, the conjunction of these parameters occurs only once every seven years !


Vintage
1996
label Cuvée des Lions de La Louvière
Appellation : Graves supérieur

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

100% Sauvignon blanc.

Weather

The winter of 1996 was mild and wet. It was sunnier and warmer than average from May to June. Summer weather was very uneven, with a heat wave punctuated by major storms and torrential downpours. September was especially good for the vines.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Dark amber hue with a caramel-coloured rim.

Nose

This unique wine has an incredible range of aromas : candied fruit, caramel, honey, quince paste and gingerbread.

Mouth

Round and semi-sweet, it is also appetising thanks to the tang that comes from Sauvignon Blanc, from which it is entirely made. Combining freshness and concentration, this wine also displays candied fruit and spicy notes (clove). A wine for gourmets and appreciated by everyone with chocolat desserts!

Consumption period

Drink today.

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Ground

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

23 years.

Grape variety

100% Sauvignon blanc.

Pruning type

Guyot double

Fermentation

After settling, in oak barrels.

Fermentation temperature

18 à 23 °C

Malolactic

No

Wine maturing

For 18 months in oak barrels (35% new) on full lees with bâtonnage.

Wine montage

With bentonite for protein stabilizing.

Maturing potential

Fully expressive between 3 and 5 years old, can age up to 20 or 30 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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