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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 château La Louvière white 1998
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Full and Complex

Grape blend

Sémillon 15% / Sauvignon blanc 85%.

Weather

Spring 1998 was mild and wet, with excess precipitation in April. The weather in July was rather poor, with cool temperatures and many storms. However, the month of August was outstanding: very little rain with hot, dry weather. The end of the summer season was simply perfect !

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Brilliant with golden highlights.

Nose

The nose is powerful, complex with hints of ripe fruits such as nectarine, yellow peach, but also hints of smoke.

Mouth

On the palate, this wine is dense and apricot coats the palate. It is very bold, almost syrupy and extends a long finish. The woody nuances are melted and participate in the complexity of this great wine.

Ratings and reviews

Other : 
01.10.2013
 - Note : 
15.75 / 20

Jean-Marc Quarin - Rich, smooth, powerful, tasty, and classy. Best enjoyed before 2020.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
01.03.2005
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Pale with gold highlights. Beeswax nose, with dried fruit and vanilla notes, the palate is lively and riche, powerful aromatic finish of candied fruit and spice. A lovely wine, showing beautifully.

Bettane et Desseauve : 
01.09.2001
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In twenty years, this André Lurton estate has become one of the best known and best loved, for both Reds and Whites. The latest vintages confirm its reputation as the region’s ambassador, with consistently well-crafted wines. The whites are elegant, ample and possess a certain elegance. The Sauvignon character is present but not overly so, and these are wines that age very well. The 98s are well made, quite mouth-watering, should keep for a few years.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
11.01.2001
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A smoky nose, not yet fully expressive, with peachy notes and oak just beginning to blend into the ensemble. Good balance on the palate, lively but opulent. Aromatic, spicy and peppery for a long, elegant finish.

Le Guide Hachette : 
01.09.1999
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The nose reveals the sauvignon in the blend. Intense and complex, backed up by discreet oak, which enhances the mineral and flinty notes. Rich, opulent, balanced, good structure and aromas, elegant ; lay down 4 to 5 years.

Vinifera : 
01.06.1999
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Light gold highlights. Medium intense nose. Smooth and rich. Medium body, a trifle thin, well crafted but lacks a little density.

Other : 
01.05.1999
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La Lettre de l'Amateur / primeurs 1998 - Colour seems pale. Strong box note on the nose. Structured and lively upfront, this freshness dominates, though the wine lacks body.

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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