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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 2008
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

85% Sauvignon /15% Sémillon.

Weather

The main features this year were humidity and cold. There were heavy rains in April and May (during the vegetative cycle) and a cool summer, especially in June and August. Warm, dry weather in September enhanced ripening.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

The brilliant pale yellow of the La Louvière white 2008 does not immediately divulge the wine's true qualities.

Nose

But the first scents rising from the glass reveal its striking complexity and powerful aromas: a stunning bouquet of hyacinth, broom and honeysuckle, underpinned by some fine light oak.

Mouth

Early tasters qualified the wine as ample, rich, sumptuous, even immense, and its remarkable complexity, elegance and length are signs of a truly great vintage, while the fruit still lingers minutes after tasting. This is a marvelous bottle, the perfect foil to white meat, fish and cheeses. (January, 2010)

Ratings and reviews

Other : 
01.10.2013
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

Jean-Marc Quarin - Pale yellow colour. Intense, elegant, fruity, and subtle nose. Starts out very lively with a tasty middle palate and a long, slightly bitter aftertaste. Flavoursome, with good length. 2013-2023.

Other : 
01.11.2012
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

The 2013 Wine & Business Club Guide (Alain Marty) -

La Revue du Vin de France : 
15.01.2011
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Open, approachable, easy to drink, charming and yet still lively.

Le Guide Hachette : 
02.09.2010
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With a majority of Sauvignon in the blend, the La Louvière white shows a distinctive boxwood note on the nose, as well as broom, lemon and grapefruit. Barrel aging adds buttery notes and a hint of spice. The palate echoes the nose, elegant and lively. This is the perfect accompaniment to shellfish or other fish dishes.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
30.06.2009
 - Note : 
from 16.00 to 17.00 / 20
Vinifera : 
30.06.2009
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Toasty citrus notes, baked peach. Dense upfront, lovely fruity texture; good volume as it opens up, remarkable freshness and vigour.

Decanter : 
30.06.2009
 - Note : 
17.00 / 20

Fine, floral Sauvignon Blanc expression with gravelly. Graves complexity. Firmness will hold it. (2012-2016)

The Wine Advocate : 
15.05.2009
 - Note : 
from 88.00 to 90.00 / 100
Decanter : 
15.05.2009
 - Note : 
16.50 / 20

Pale lemony yellow, fine florality and fine Sauvignon Blanc expression with gravely Graves complexity, a very good wine with firmness that will hold it. Drink 2012-16.

The Wine Spectator : 
15.05.2009
 - Note : 
from 87.00 to 90.00 / 100

Rich and flavorful for the vintage, with ripe honey and apple character. The texture is round, yet this is fresh and lively. Very good indeed. (James Suckling)

Consumption period

2013 - 2018

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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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