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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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label 2019 Château La Louvière red
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Full and Complex

Grape blend

Cabernet Sauvignon 55% / Merlot 45%

Weather

2019 was marked by a fairly mild winter, resulting in early bud break. Spring rainfall was scarce and drought conditions set in in early summer. Rainfall in August provided a welcome relief for winegrowers.

Tasting Comment

Appearance

Colour is a deep red, close to ruby, with occasional hints of purple.

Nose

On aeration, the nose, initially shy, gradually reveals all its complexity, with greedy notes of black fruits (blackberry, blueberry), enhanced by a few empyreumatic notes (tar).

Mouth

On the palate, it is a perfectly balanced wine. Everything blends together harmoniously: well-melted tannins, tasty black fruits (blackberry), a hint of chocolate, a nice volume and a beautiful structure. All these qualities should give it a serious ageing potential. It is a very seductive wine that should be kept for 2 or 3 years to appreciate its elegance, by tasting it with a stuffed guinea fowl, a pan of mushrooms (ceps, chanterelles), or a cheese (Roquefort).

Ratings and reviews

James Suckling : 
03.06.2020
 - Note : 
from 92.00 to 93.00 / 100

There’s plenty of blueberry, coffee and chocolate character. Full body and fine, lightly chewy tannins.

Vinous : 
30.05.2020
 - Note : 
from 92.00 to 94.00 / 100

The 2019 La Louvière was picked from 19 September to 11 October at 47hl/ha, then matured in around 50% new oak. It offers blackberry, melted tar and sous-bois scents on the nose, a little broody at first but opening up nicely with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with firm grip, plenty of graphite infused black fruit with a vivacious and quite persistent finish. This is a superb La Louvière, one of the best that I have encountered from barrel. (Neal Martin)

Markus del Monego : 
30.05.2020
 - Note : 
93.00 / 100
La Revue du Vin de France : 
30.05.2020
 - Note : 
92.00 / 100

(Pierre Citerne)

Consumption period

2025 - 2035

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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

26 years

Grape variety

Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot

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 (40-50 % new) with racking

Wine montage

Egg white

Maturing potential

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

Oenologist consultant

Michel ROLLAND et Mickaël LAIZET

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