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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.


château La Louvière white 2013 label
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Elegant and Fruity

Grape blend

Sauvignon blanc 100%

Weather

There was record rainfall during the first half of 2013. Spring was very cool, even cold (May and June), and this caused a major delay in vine growth (flowering). Much more clement weather (warm and sunny) arrived in July and lasted until the harvest.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

This brilliant 2013 has a beautiful pale yellow colour with green highlights.

Nose

The elegant, charming nose is very aromatic, with varietal Sauvignon Blanc characteristics. It is wonderfully complex. After swirling in the glass, it reveals a harmonious and enticing medley of floral aromas (white flowers, acacia, and lime blossom), along with citrus, and white fruit.

Mouth

The wine starts out vivaciously on the palate, going on to reveal a rich, silky texture.  Floral and fruity (Granny Smith apple) nuances come through in the taste, as well as some grapefruit notes. The wine is very fresh and well-structured, with a beautiful long finish featuring citrus flavours. It is tremendously enjoyable with risotto, shrimp, scallops, etc. 

Ratings and reviews

Le Monde : 
24.06.2016

While tremendously influenced by Sauvignon Blanc, this wine is nevertheless a fine ambassador for its appellation, especially since it has proved to be good both young and with bottle age. It is classy, with a structure that holds up well along with brilliant freshness. The aftertaste is refined, lively, and well delineated. (Laure Gasparotto)

Jancisrobinson.com : 
24.11.2015
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Both creamy and herbal and much fuller bodied than most of these Pessac whites - I wonder if there is a touch of residual sugar? It's not that it tastes sweet but it has a rounded finish to balance the acidity. But still rather watery in the middle. (Julia Harding)

Le Guide Hachette : 
02.09.2015

Coup de Coeur guide Hachette 20162016 Edition - 2013 white La Louvière - on a par with its much older brother, the 2002 - is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc. This exciting wine has a brilliant golden yellow colour and a generous, balanced bouquet of vineyard peach compote and citrus (pomello and lemon). More exotic aromas come through with aeration. The wine starts out quite full-bodied, fresh, and dynamic on the palate. It is also round and rich, concentrated and deep, and complemented by perfectly integrated oak. Elegant hints of white pepper spice up the aftertaste. A complete, complex wine, fully in keeping with the better wines of the appellation. 2017-2021. fourchette Fish and seafood dishes.

Bettane et Desseauve : 
01.09.2015

2016 Edition - The red and white wines wines from La Louvière are powerful and unfailingly reliable. They also age superbly. The elegant and exquisitely fresh whites very much reflect their Sauvignon Blanc varietal character and among the finest in the appellation. The 2013 white La Louvière is extremely well-made. It is particularly expressive and delicate. The fruit is impressive, and there is a polished minerality. The wine is full-bodied with a very long aftertaste and wonderful vivaciousness.

Guide Hubert : 
30.04.2015
 - Note : 
4.50 / 5

2015/2016 Edition _ This beautiful white wine is always a success. The bouquet is both expressive and delicate, with mineral and floral nuances. The wine is full-bodied, elegant, and very rich on the palate. It has a superb flavour, good grip, and wonderful vivaciousness.

Robert Parker : 
01.09.2014
 - Note : 
from 89.00 to 91.00 / 100

Fresh, crisp notes of lime, citrus oil and melons are present in this medium-bodied, delightfully rich, concentrated, impressively endowed white wine. Drink it over the next decade or more

Jancisrobinson.com : 
02.05.2014
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Ripe fruit plus a bit of sweetcorn character. Really vibrant and expressive, though a little light on the palate. (Richard Hemming)

Asian Palate : 
16.04.2014

Focused white with wonderful purity and lifted passionfruit and gooseberry flavours. The wine has a fine texture with fairly long length. (Jeannie Cho Lee)

Bettane et Desseauve : 
15.04.2014
 - Note : 
16.50 / 20

Charming nose reminiscent of lime blossom. Very elegant, pure, and crisp. Shows precision winemaking in the château's time-honoured style.

Decanter : 
14.04.2014
 - Note : 
16.50 / 20

Fine lemony, dry honey fruit and a very good expression of Sauvignon that will show complexity. Drink: 2015-2018. (Taster: Steven Spurrier)

James Suckling : 
07.04.2014
 - Note : 
from 92.00 to 93.00 / 100

A dense white at the top of the charts in 2013 with sliced apple, pear and lemon peel. Full body, bright acidity and a flavorful finish. Structured white Bordeaux.

The Wine Enthusiast : 
03.04.2014
 - Note : 
92.00 / 100

Barrel Sample. Tight and currently herbaceous, this is a crisp, fruity wine that hints at the richness to come. It is full and concentrated in the mouth, with a mineral texture. (Roger Voss)

The Wine Spectator : 
02.04.2014
 - Note : 
from 90.00 to 93.00 / 100

Plump, with a mix of star fruit, white peach and chamomile flavors backed by a tangy chamomile note on the rapier finish. Mouthwatering. (James Molesworth)

Consumption period

2015 - 2024

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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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