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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 2010
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Elegant and Fruity

Grape blend

15% Sémillon / 85% Sauvignon blanc.

Weather

Winter was harsh (many days with frost) and spring rather chilly. There was a great deal of sunshine in 2010 and a long period of drought from 21 June to late September, which was favourable for ripening.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Clear and brilliant, with sparkling green highlights.

Nose

Majority Sauvignon, easily identified in the pure, elegant nose of lemon and grapefruit, with tropical fruits and succulent vanilla and brioche notes from the barrel aging.

Mouth

Upfront, the palate is opulent and seductive, increasingly ample and smooth with persistent fruit. A marvellous wine, echoing the aromatic spectrum already found on the nose with some additional mineral notes. Perfect with white meats or saltwater fish, or wait ten years and serve with hard cheeses. (January, 2012)

Ratings and reviews

Jancisrobinson.com : 
08.02.2014
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Strongly, stinkily aromatic. Then quite creamy on the palate. Could only be bordeaux. Very fresh acidity. Should last well. Lots of tension. Drink 2014-2019.

Jean-Marc Quarin : 
01.10.2013
 - Note : 
from 15.50 to 15.75 / 20

(2010 with a cork stopper - notation : 15.50) Pale colour. Fresh, fruity, ripe nose. Rich, tasty, and subtle on the palate. Delicious, with elegant vanilla nuances on the aftertase. No way you can spit this out!  Very beautiful, long finish.  2013-2025.
(2010 with a screwcap - notation : 15.75) Pale colour. Smoky, peppery bouquet. Starts out quite rich and generous, showing considerable power, class, and subtlety on the middle palate. Very tasty and plush from there on, with a long, delicious aftertaste. 2016-2030.

James Suckling : 
02.02.2013
 - Note : 
94.00 / 100

This is a dense and structured white Bordeaux with green apple and mango character throughout. Full body, with lovely fruit and a layered finish of fruit and acidity. This is the best white from here in years. Serious stuff. Impressive now but better in 2015.

Le Guide Hachette : 
01.09.2012
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2013 Edition -

Bettane et Desseauve : 
01.09.2012
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Le Guide des vins de France 2013 - This wine obviously has plenty of class, which comes through in its exquisite minerality, very pure fruit, and considerable body. It is straightforward, fresh, and concentrated with an extremely long aftertaste and beautiful balance.

Bettane et Desseauve : 
01.07.2011
 - Note : 
from 17.00 to 18.00

Citronella, verbena, pear, delicate, long, balanced, subtle, classy finish, I love this totally classic style of perfectly ripe Sauvignon.

The Wine Advocate : 
01.05.2011
 - Note : 
from 87.00 to 89.00 / 100

The only screw cap-finished wine from Pessac-Leognan, it reveals lots of melon, fig, lemon zest and a hint of orange rind. (Robert Parker)

The Wine Advocate : 
01.05.2011
 - Note : 
from 87.00 to 89.00 / 100

The nose on the La Louviere Blanc demands coaxing from the glass: quite phenolic compared to other Pessac whites with touches of grapefruit, dried pineapple and yeasty aromas all with moderate definition. The palate is quite simple with primal green apple, kiwi fruit and a touch of spice, but just missing a little tension and vibrancy towards the finish compared to others. Tasted April 2011. (Neal Martin)

La Revue du Vin de France : 
25.04.2011
 - Note : 
from 15.50 to 16.00 / 20

The Sémillon, left on the sidelines last vintage, makes a comeback with 15% of the blend in the sample tasted. Hence the hint of breadcrust on the nose which adds considerably to its charm. More approachable than its cousin, Couhins-Lurton, it will also be drinkable earlier.

The Wine Spectator : 
12.04.2011
 - Note : 
from 89.00 to 92.00 / 100

This has a good herb and citrus core, with a lively fleur de sel-tinged finish. Straw and verbena fill in the background. Solid. (James Molesworth)

The Wine Enthusiast : 
12.04.2011
 - Note : 
from 93.00 to 95.00 / 100

Full-textured wine, with acidity well integrated into the ripe, open structure. The wine has weight, while preserving its freshness. The lime acidity and spice push through to the final taste. (Roger Voss)

Jancisrobinson.com : 
12.04.2011
 - Note : 
17.50 / 20

Energy on the nose. Real athleticism in fact. Attractive dry minerality. Tingly and reserved. Very stony. Bone dry and not at all tarted up. Not a heavyweight. Drink 2017-2027. (Jancis Robinson)

Decanter : 
01.04.2011
 - Note : 
17.00 / 20
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Fine persistence of citrus fruits and natural ripeness, lovely structure and very good length, a fine, classic white Graves, worthy of classification for the white. Drink 2013-20.

Consumption period

2013 - 2020

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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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