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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 2011
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Fresh and Fruity

Grape blend

Sauvignon blanc 90% / Sémillon 10%.

Weather

Temperatures were much higher than average from February to June, with much less rainfall than usual. There were already signs of drought at the end of Spring.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

The 2011 vintage will long be remembered as one of the most early-maturing in recent years. The unusual weather during the growing season was ideal for ripening. The wine is brilliant, with beautiful golden highlights.

Nose

The bouquet is very intense and complex with vine flower, lemon and grapefruit aromas typical of a young Pessac-Léognan.

Mouth

Full-bodied and rich on the palate, the wine also shows understated oak that will undoubtedly integrate in the coming months with the naturally smoky characteristics of Sauvignon Blanc (90%) and Sémillon (10%) grown on gravelly soil. The long aftertaste goes beautifully with lobster as well as sheep's cheese from the Pyrenees.  This wine will age very well, and will have some excellent surprises in store for us in ten or fifteen years.

Ratings and reviews

Vinum Extra : 
01.06.2014
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

A nose of lemon sweets and tropical fruit. Very fresh on the palate with good length. A successful, fun sort of wine. 2015-2022.

Le Guide Hachette : 
01.09.2013
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2014 Edition - "Classy!" Our jury especially liked this 2011, which is hardly surprising. La Louvière's white wines often rate two stars in our guide.  As with all of André Lurton's white wines, Sauvignon Blanc predominates:  85% for this wine. The intense, concentrated bouquet is reminiscent of candied citrus with a touch of vanilla.  Smooth, full-bodied and generous, the wine is perfectly balanced on the palate and virtually explodes into a powerful lemony finish.  A model of elegance.

Bettane et Desseauve : 
01.09.2013
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Everything's here: charm, elegance and balance! Rich fruit, polished minerality, subtle oak, and a long fresh aftertaste.

Tast : 
01.04.2013
 - Note : 
from 16.00 to 16.50 / 20

Precise, clean nose, lots of tautness but not much charm, will need aging for good long while.

Anthocyanins : 
03.01.2013

The initial impression on the nose is oaky and lacking in precision. On aeration, everything comes into focus with an attractive freshness. The palate starts out with a lovely, smooth roundness. Good length, with rich, mineral overtones. Superb aftertaste.

The Wine Enthusiast : 
05.11.2012
 - Note : 
95.00 / 100

An intensely herbaceous wine, with delicious flavors of grapefruit, apricot juice and spice. The finish is lively and fruity, with mineral acidity. (Roger Voss)

Gault et Millau : 
01.06.2012
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

A delightful fresh, sweet nose, shows precision and softness. Easy-drinking, doesn't crush the fruit with oak but lets it rip, vivacious and intense, in the glass.

Vinifera : 
01.06.2012
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Wooded nose, its fruitiness is a bit set back. The mouth offers at the same time an ample volume, generous and a very present acid weft. A dynamic finale, very fresh and pure.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
01.05.2012
 - Note : 
from 14.00 to 15.00 / 20

Good color from the 15% Sémillon, while the nose is markedly oaky. Creamy smooth and wickedly seductive, will intensify thanks to 10 months aging in barrel (30% new oak).

Panos Kakaviatos : 
30.04.2012
 - Note : 
from 90.00 to 92.00 / 100

Nice lime and briny aromas.The palate is quite refined, with subtle lemon meringue richness and fine salinity. Pleasure on the mid palate to be sure, if perhaps just a tad warm on the finish, but overall, this is excellent white Graves. Make it a two-for-two for this fine estate!

The Wine Spectator : 
06.04.2012
 - Note : 
from 90.00 to 93.00 / 100

Offers lots of crunchy honeysuckle, Meyer lemon and grapefruit pulp notes, with a backdrop of straw and salted butter that should fill in with more time. Rock-solid.(James Molesworth)

Jancisrobinson.com : 
01.04.2012
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

Pale cloudy straw. Rich aromas of citrus and pineapple and a bit cedary. Lots of spice too. Sour grapefruit tension on the palate. Intense but not powerful in flavour. Perhaps a touch lean overall though it's pretty long. A bit eye-watering on the finish. (Julia Harding)

Decanter : 
01.04.2012
 - Note : 
17.00 / 20
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Lemon yellow, very direct Sauvignon fruit, a little flesh from Sémillon, very good structure and very good length. A classic Pessac-Léognan. Drink 2014-2020.

Jean-Marc Quarin : 
01.04.2012
 - Note : 
from 14.75 to 15.00 / 20
J.J Buckley : 
01.04.2012
 - Note : 
from 89.00 to 91.00 / 100

85% sauvignon blanc, 15% semillon. Fermented in vat, then aged for 10 months in a mix of one-third each of new, one-year and two-year old oak. Planted on mixed gravel and silica soils atop limestone sub- soil. An almost honeyed character to the nose, with rich waxy citrus and grapefruit rind aromas. This is mineral-driven, with a round texture, and grapefruit and passion fruit flavors, before finishing with good length. Should drink nicely for the next 5-10 years. (Geoffrey Binder)

Consumption period

2013 - 2021

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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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