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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.


2004 white Château La Louvière label
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Elegant and Fruity

Grape blend

Sauvignon 85% / Sémillon 15%

Weather

The winter of 2004 was marked by below-average temperatures and a water deficit. Summer weather was quite variable, without a great deal of heat. Sunshine was good in July, but there were heavy showers in August. September was remarkably warm with plenty of sunshine and high night-time temperatures.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Pale yellow.

Nose

Dominant fruit notes, tropical (pineapple), as well as pear, Golden Delicious apple, and some flinty minerality.

Mouth

Powerful yet balanced. Drink now, with smoked salmon or sweet-and-sour dishes.

Ratings and reviews

The Wine Advocate : 
31.08.2017
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

Tasted at the André Lurton tasting in London. The 2004 La Louviere Blanc is firmly into secondary aromas territory with beeswax, lanolin and faint rosewater/peachy scents emerging with time. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, a lovely waxy texture and subtle notes of lemon rind, marmalade and frangipane toward the finish. It feels long and generous, with just the right amount of tension and sappiness to urge you back for another sip. Excellent. Tasted June 2017. (Neal Martin)

Jean-Marc Quarin : 
01.10.2013
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

Pale colour. Ripe, fruity, subtle, and elegant nose showing overtones of pineapple and vanilla. Rich on the palate from the very first, developing full, generous flavours. Much more structure than previous vintages. A little tannic on the aftertaste, but tasty and long. 2010-2024.

Guide des Vins Gilbert & Gaillard : 
01.09.2007
 - Note : 
85.00 / 100

2008 Edition - The nose is elegant, fruity, with discreet tropical notes. The palate is less expansive, despite good fruit expression and length.

Guide des Vins Gilbert & Gaillard : 
01.02.2007
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

2007 Edition - Pale yellow. Elegant notes with hints of iris and lily, almond, sweet spices, discreet oak. Massive palate, full, rich, fresh and expressive. Opulent and comprehensive.

Le Guide Hachette : 
15.09.2006
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2007 Edition - Undoubtedly one of most elegant estates. Its refinement and class are mirrored in the wine, first on the nose, a delightful meander from beds of lilies and iris to baskets of peaches and apricot, with invigorating wafts of menthol. Brisk upfront, fine and elegant from mid-palate to finish. Elegance is also the keynote for the L de La Louvière white 2004, which also merits a star.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
01.03.2006
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Pale straw colour. Expressive nose, with citrus notes, lemon, vanilla, palate rich but well balanced, highly aromatic, attractively fresh with a powerful, spicy finish.

Decanter : 
10.01.2006
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Classic sauvignon Blanc-dominated nose. Fine minerality, length, good balance and structure, clean, crisp, a good future. Up to 5 years. (Recommended)

Gault et Millau : 
01.06.2005

Very pale colour. Intense nose. Palate smooth and light. Not too much substance.

Gilbert & Gaillard : 
01.06.2005
 - Note : 
from 87.00 to 89.00 / 100

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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