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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 of 2018 Château La Louvière red
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Full and Complex

Grape blend

Cabernet Sauvignon 60% / Merlot 40%

Weather

2018 was one of the warmest years since 1900, featuring above-average temperatures, the second hottest summer to date, and abundant sunshine… Heavy rainfall in the first half of the year was followed by persistent, near-record drought conditions in September.

Tasting Comment

Appearance

Deep ruby-red colour, enhanced by occasional deep purple highlights.

Nose

Swirling in the glass gradually unveils the full complexity of this wine, featuring roasted, toasty, and vanilla notes.

Mouth

Starts out straightforward on the palate, underpinned by a fine tannic structure. Full-bodied and rich mid-palate – a real pleasure to taste. Well-structured, with wonderful freshness. Fruity notes come to the fore, mingled with roasted overtones, culminating in a lovely long finish. Given its excellent ageing potential, it is well worth waiting a few years to fully appreciate all its qualities, accompanied by Landes-style stuffed guinea pig, duck confit or roast leg of lamb.

Ratings and reviews

The Wine Doctor : 
23.04.2019
 - Note : 
from 90.00 to 92.00 / 100

A very straightforward blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, this has a really fascinating nose, showing perfumed black cherry fruit, but there is a certain and indeniable minty overlaw to this sample. This comes through on the palate too, as a rather cool seam of minty freshness, swirled with grilled pip, grilled cherry and dark chocolate, which all sits alongsidethe perfumed cherry and rose-petal fruit. Certainly fresh, cool, with a touch of exotic cherry and plum fruit, supported by a flourishof dry and moderately grained tannins in the finish. An attractive wine. The élevage will be in 40% to 50% of new oak for 12 months. Tasted twice.(Chris Kissack)

James Suckling : 
07.04.2019
 - Note : 
from 92.00 to 93.00 / 100

This is very solid with lots of blackberry and tobacco character. Hints of cedar and walnuts, too. Full and flavorful. Better than 2016.

Markus Del Monego : 
07.04.2019
 - Note : 
91.00 / 100

Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Well structured nose with aroma reminiscent of blackcurrants and blackcurrant leaf, almost flowery hints in the background. On the palate well balanced with ripe tannins, medium bodied structure and good length.

Consumption period

2023 - 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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