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Château La Louvière White

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 1994 Château La Louvière white
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Elegant and Fruity

Grape blend

Sémillon 15% / Sauvignon blanc 85%.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Greeny-gold.

Nose

Powerful, with aromas of wood, grapefruit and citrus.

Mouth

Fullbodied and crispy aftertaste of spring flavours.

Ratings and reviews

Panos Kakaviatos : 
11.09.2015
 - Note : 
94.00 / 100

Freshness on the nose. Brisk. Aniseed. Pine. Spice. Tangerine aspect, but subtle. Overall impression of youth and freshness, with medium body. Long finish. Superb wine. Indeed, at first I thought it was overshadowed later in this great vertical by the Couhins Lurton 1993, but I tip my hat to the more youthful and feisty aspect of the La Louviere Blanc 1994. If anyone has this, consider yourself lucky. Probably the wine of the tasting. 

La Revue du Vin de France : 
01.03.2006
 - Note : 

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Golden, still vivid. Mineral, heavily smoky nose with notes of candied pear and apricot, structured palate, markedly oaky still, the wood not yet mellowed

Jean-Marc Quarin : 
12.01.2005
 - Note : 
88.00 / 100

Notebooks Tastings - Colour: Pale yellow-green. Nose: Good fresh, fine nose, with a lovely smell of liquorice, aniseed and fine grilled notes. Mouth: In the mouth, the wine is both a mellow and lively caress. Melting and flavoursome, it ends sappy and with a subtle note of sauvignon. Pleasurable without being complex. What is remarkable is finding a wine which is lively, not at all oxidised nor oxidative in its style. It can be kept. A great success. A witness to the greatness of the whites of this growth. It is one of the few Pessa-Léognan to have kept good aptitude for ageing. A good surprise.

Consumption period

Drink today.

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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

26 years old

Grape variety

Sauvignon blanc

Pruning type

Double guyot

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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