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Château La Louvière Red

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Château La Louvière has many fascinating facets. The sumptuous architecture of the château building dates from the late 18th century, but winegrowing here goes back more than 700 years. The first vines were planted circa 1310, although modern winemaking dates from the 17th century and was handed down by able monks from the Carthusian monastery in Bordeaux, who had acquired considerable talent as viticulturists and winemakers. The people who produce the wine in the 21st century have inherited these time-honoured methods, adding just the right amount of innovation and modernity to make the utmost of the outstanding terroir. La Louvière's red wine has a dark colour and an elegant bouquet with delicate hints of oak...


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2015 red Château La Louvière label
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Full and Complex

Grape blend

Cabernet Sauvignon 60% / Merlot 40%

Weather

2015 was the third warmest year since 1900... Drought conditions, above-average monthly temperatures and sunshine (in the first half of the year), cool nights and hot weather in August accompanying véraison (colour change) were all ideal for the vines!

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Beautiful, very deep and concentrated red colour.

Nose

Intense and beautifully complex bouquet with hints of spice (white pepper, clove) and very ripe red fruit.

Mouth

In keeping with the bouquet, the wine is beautifully balanced on the palate. The oak is well-integrated with there are overtones of liquorice and red fruit. The tannin is silky and displays excellent concentration. This classy, elegant wine is delightful with veal, game, or duck. 

Ratings and reviews

Jamessuckling.com : 
03.02.2018
 - Note : 
94.00 / 100

Aromas of oyster shell, currants and berries follow through to a full body, chewy tannins and an intense finish. Shows depth and layers. Very attractive. Drink in 2022. (James Suckling)

The Wine Spectator : 
31.01.2018
 - Note : 
91.00 / 100

Web only - This has a lively, juicy feel, with lots of red and black currant and cherry fruit carried by a warm tarry spine. Notes of anise, iron and roasted apple wood fill the finish, integrating perfectly with the fruit. Drink now through 2027. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. (James Molesworth)

Le Figaro - L'Avis du vin : 
16.05.2016
 - Note : 
16.50 / 20

Dark red colour and a very smoky nose. Good concentration on the palate. Attractive, elegant, and well-made, with beautiful, slightly tight tannin. The most beautiful La Louvière since the 1990s. 3-10 years. (Bernard Burtschy)

Perswijn : 
28.04.2016
 - Note : 

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(Ronald de Groot)

Bettane et Desseauve : 
28.04.2016
 - Note : 
from 92.00 to 94.00 / 100
Vinous media.com : 
27.04.2016
 - Note : 
from 88.00 to 90.00 / 100

The 2015 La Louvière is quite pleasing in its own way. Iron, smoke and a host of savory herb notes add complexity throughout. It will be interesting to see if the 2015 fleshes out a bit more during its barrel ageing. Today, the fruit and mid-palate are just a bit lacking in depth. (Antonio Galloni)

Markus del Monego : 
27.04.2016
 - Note : 
92.00 / 100

Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose with hints of graphite, ripe berries and vanilla. Slight roasting aroma in the background. On the palate aromatic and well structured with ripe tannins, juicy fruit and almost smoky flavour. (Markus del Monego / Best sommelier in the world 1998)

Jean-Marc Quarin : 
25.04.2016
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20
La Revue du Vin de France : 
22.04.2016
 - Note : 
from 15.50 to 16.50 / 20
Decanter : 
19.04.2016

Like the white, a modern expression. Enjoyable, for mid-term drinking. 40% new oak gives glossy, coffee sheen to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drinking window : 2021 - 2032. (Jane Anson)

Jancisrobinson.com : 
04.04.2016
 - Note : 
17.00 / 20

Very dark crimson. Savoury, almost brutal nose. Big and beefy. Bone-dry finish with real attack and freshness. Still very youthful. Drink 2025-2038.

The Wine Spectator : 
01.04.2016
 - Note : 
from 89.00 to 92.00 / 100

Enticing, with juicy plum and blackberry notes backed by lots of anise and black licorice. Shows good cut through the finish. A singed alder accent imparts spine. (James Molesworth)

Consumption period

2020 - 2030

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Ground

Surface

46.00 ha

Soil

Deep gravel

Winemaking

Grape harvest

By hand with small deep crates

Others

Graft stock

101.14 - Riparia gloire - 3309

Plant food

Traditional, limited impact

Plant density

8,500 vines per hectare

Wine average age

25 years

Grape variety

Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Petit Verdot

Pruning type

Double Guyot with debudding

Fermentation

In stainless-steel temperature-controlled tanks with patented cap-breaking system and concrete tanks with pigeage

Fermentation temperature

28 to 30 °C

Malolactic

Yes

Wine maturing

For 12 months in oak barrels (40 % new) with racking

Wine montage

Egg white

Maturing potential

Subject to vintage, expressive between 3 and 5 years, can age 15 to 30 years.

Cellar master

Jean Marc COMTE

Oenologist consultant

Michel ROLLAND and Mickaël LAIZET

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