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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 2005
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Full and Complex

Grape blend

100% Sauvignon.

Weather

The weather was ideal in 2005 and produced a superb vintage in Bordeaux. It was exceptionally dry for the region from winter to autumn. Sunshine was substantial starting in late spring. Summer temperatures were high, but there was nothing approaching a heat wave.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Bright, green, gold.

Nose

Intense aromas of exotic fruits, white peach, citrus fruits.

Mouth

A Sauvignon-Sémillon blend, this Pessac-Léognan is powerful, with lots of ripe fruit, as well as buttery, toasty notes and excellent maturity. Deserves "cru classé" status! Drink young for its fruity, crisp character, or lovers of more mature whites can wait 4 to 5 years.

Ratings and reviews

Jean-Marc Quarin : 
01.10.2013
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

Pale yellow colour. Stewed fruit and some oak on the nose. Taste: starts out soft, going on to show peppery nuances on the middle palate. Flavoursome, attractive finish with good body. Average length. 2012-2020.

The Wine Enthusiast : 
20.06.2011
 - Note : 
93.00 / 100

Barrel sample. A big, generous, rounded wine that has great, ripe fruits, balanced with acidity. This is full, open, and will be delicious.

Tasted : 
01.08.2008

Pale, clear straw-coloured, the nose is grassy and stereotype Sauvignon, citrus and currants, the palate has more body, good freshness and green flavours, medium long acidic finish.

Gault et Millau : 
07.04.2008
 - Note : 
16.50 / 20

The White 2005 is charming, with broom, vanilla and peach notes.

The Wine Spectator : 
01.03.2008
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

Very fresh, with lime, lemon and mineral on the nose. Full-bodied, with lively acidity and a long, minerally green apple and cirtus fruit finish. Drink now.

Gilbert et Gaillard : 
30.01.2008
 - Note : 
89.00 / 100

Intense colour. Ripe, stewed fruit nose. The palate is redolent of citrus (lime), the structure promising. An attractive wine, not aiming for particular finesse but charmingly straightforward.

Le Guide Hachette : 
01.07.2007
 - Note : 

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Hand-picked and sorted, the grapes are pressed whole then fermented and matured on lees with regular bâtonnage:nothing is left to chance at La Louvière when it comes to crafting a fine white wine. This 2005 is a perfect example:the colour is grey-gold, the nose reveal the high percentage (85%) of Sauvignon in the blend. Intense and complex, the nose is a subtle combination of box and white peach with toasty, roasted notes. Tasty, fresh, robust and persistent, the palate confirms the wine's elegance. Drink after three to four years.

The Wine Advocate : 
10.05.2007
 - Note : 
88.00 / 100

Parker Selection -

Gault et Millau : 
30.06.2006
 - Note : 
16.50 / 20

Ample, ripe nose, still closed. Fresh fruit aromas after agitation. On the palate, the wine gains definition and vivacity; fresh finish, with good acidity. Not massively concentrated, but pleasant.

Les Échos : 
18.06.2006
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

A classic of the appellation with a soft and fluid style, technically well-done, straight and sincere.

Bettane et Desseauve : 
01.06.2006
 - Note : 
8.00 / 10

Straw colour, still a little cloudy; quite intense nose with honey notes ; very full, firm on the mid-palate, then turns a touch hollow, with a lemony finish.

The Wine Advocate : 
01.05.2006
 - Note : 
from 90.00 to 92.00 / 100
Decanter : 
01.05.2006
 - Note : 
17.50 / 20

Fine, elegant and balanced. Citrus notes. Palate full and round but with lingering acidity. Drink 2008-2018.

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

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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