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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.


label of 2017 Château La Louvière white
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Elegant and Fruity

Grape blend

Sauvignon 100%

Weather

The 2017 vintage was one of the earliest on record. The growing season was marked by a dry winter and spring (46% less rainfall than usual), accompanied by temperatures 2°C above average (except for the frost in April). This dry summer weather was ideal for ripening the seeds until late August.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

A sumptuous pale yellow with green highlights.

Nose

The bouquet is fresh and fruity, typical of Sauvignon Blanc, with pleasant notes of white flowers (acacia) and blackcurrant leaves.

Mouth

Starts out beautifully soft on the palate. A full-bodied, well-balanced wine with especially generous white fruit flavours (nectarine). This wine has a beautiful long aftertaste, with hints of vanilla and tropical fruit (mango). Goes perfectly with lobster Thermidor, lamb stew or crab stuffed sea urchins.

Ratings and reviews

The Wine Spectator : 
04.02.2019
 - Note : 
92.00 / 100

Tight, with a quinine and fleur de sel frame around brisk yellow apple core, star fruit and jicama flavors. A bracing edge continues through the chalk-lined finish. Very pure now. Should soften and broaden with a touch of cellaring. Drink now through 2024. (James Molesworth)

Winedoctor : 
31.04.2018
 - Note : 
from 91.00 to 93.00 / 100

This vineyard is planted with 100% Sauvignon Blanc, which in this vintage was picked from August 29th, at a yield of 35 hl/ha. This has an attractive nose, classically restrained, with salty minerals sprinkled over green apple and pear notes. The palate feels quite complete, with fresh orchard fruits, dressed in powdered minerals, with delicate acidity but it works well with the minerality, the two acting together as best they can to provide some lift and balance to the wine. The finish is long, minerally and fresh. In the context of this warm and early-picked vintage, this is a decent result.

Christer Byklum : 
18.04.2018
 - Note : 
from 89.00 to 90.00 / 100

Pale lemon yellow. Apples, fruity, minerals, lighter nose, some peach and citrus. Fresh acidity, fruity, apples, citrus, fresh and elegant, long.

The Wine Spectator : 
15.04.2018
 - Note : 
from 90.00 to 93.00 / 100

Very fresh, showing nice cut to the mix of lemon pith, white peach and verbena notes. Offers a light fleur de sel hint, with crunchy energy through the finish. (James Molesworth)

James Suckling : 
05.04.2018
 - Note : 
from 90.00 to 91.00 / 100

Some cream and apple character. Full to medium body and a soft and velvety texture. A friendly and delicious wine already.

Consumption period

2018 - 2034

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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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