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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 2009
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Full and Complex

Grape blend

100% Sauvignon blanc

Weather

While January and February were colder than average, 2009 was nevertheless a warm year (one of the warmest in a century). There was a great deal of sunshine and a remarkable drought during the summer months.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Château La Louvière Blanc 2009 is one of this estate’s finest vintages. Pale, brilliant yellow in colour.

Nose

The nose, at first reserved and delicate, shows amazing complexity as it warms in the glass. The whole spectrum of ripe Sauvignon aromas is there: citrus, tropical fruits and flowers intertwining.

Mouth

The palate echoes the nose, with added piquancy from vanilla and toasty hazelnut notes from the only recently completed barrel aging, showing magnificent volume without heaviness. A few more years will bring it to its full expression but it is already a fine example of a great Pessac-Léognan. Its immense length is worth complementing with rich, complex dishes but it is sheer perfection with a mature cheese such as Comté. Not to be missed !

Ratings and reviews

Other : 
10.01.2014
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

Jean-Marc Quarin - Pale greenish-yellow. Fruity, fresh, ripe bouquet with aniseed overtones. Round and full-bodied on the palate. Juicy and tasty with a sophisticated balance between fruit and oak. Good long finish. Should be very pleasant as an aperitif.  2013-2023.

Other : 
01.11.2012
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

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

The Wine Spectator : 
31.12.2011
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

Juicy and fresh, offering thyme and salted butter notes that ripple along, with a core of lemon zest and blanched almond that hangs nicely through the finish. Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. Drink now through 2013. 1,250 cases made. (James Molesworth)

Guide Hubert : 
01.10.2011

Greeny-gold, ripe expressive nose bursting with ripe fruit, spicy and vanilla notes. Palate full and plump, with attractive texture and fruit, lively.

Le Guide Hachette : 
01.06.2011
 - Note : 

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Just like the red 2008, the La Louvière white 2009 is an admirable blend of elegance and sobriety. The nose is lively, with green apple, citrus and white flower notes. The palate too is both floral and fruity, underpinned by some attractive freshness. Highly enjoyable as an aperitif, this will drink delightfully with white meats.

Bettane et Desseauve : 
15.01.2011
 - Note : 
16.50 / 20

Incisive, this 100% Sauvignon is deliciously fresh and citrussy.

Vino : 
01.07.2010
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Gault et Millau : 
01.06.2010
 - Note : 
18.00 / 20

A cornucopia of delicate floral and white fruit notes, always discreetly elegant. The palate, too, is incredibly subtle : it's all there, but just hinted at...

Vinifera : 
01.06.2010
 - Note : 
from 88.00 to 90.00 / 100
Decanter : 
15.04.2010
 - Note : 
17.00 / 20

Lemon pale, fine white flowers and white fruits, very good precision and depth and a very good white Graves. Drink 2012-18.

The Wine Enthusiast : 
15.04.2010
 - Note : 
from 92.00 to 94.00 / 100

Great fresh swathes of Sauvignon Blanc give a delicious herbaceous character to go with the fresh fruits. Good green character with a light spice from new wood. (Roger Voss)

Bettane et Desseauve : 
15.04.2010
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Lively, with the estate's hallmark emphasis on the steely elegance – albeit austere – of just ripe Sauvignon Blanc, a style which sets it apart from the majority of its neighbors.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
15.04.2010
 - Note : 
from 15.50 to 16.50 / 20

Great Success. 100% Sauvignon Blanc this vintage, as the Sémillon was not selected during blending, this reinforces the wine’s forwardness.Clean, crisp, and good approachability for a barrel sample.

Le Point : 
01.04.2010
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

White fruits, lemony, citrus, lively palate, elegant, good fruit and length, very refreshing. Begin drinking in 2011. Can age for at least 7 years.

Consumption period

2013 - 2019

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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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