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Château La Louvière Red

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 château La Louvière red 2005
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Full and Complex

Grape blend

Cabernet Sauvignon 64% / Merlot 30% / Cabernet Franc 3% / Petit Verdot 3%.

Weather

The weather was ideal in 2005 and produced a superb vintage in Bordeaux. It was exceptionally dry for the region from winter to autumn. Sunshine was substantial starting in late spring. Summer temperatures were high, but there was nothing approaching a heat wave.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Intense and deep colour, violet nuances.

Nose

Fresh red fruit aromas, morello cherry, harmonious oak.

Mouth

This fine classic is the star vintage from Château La Louvière. Elegant through and through, the nose is rich in fruit, the palate clean, with chocolate and coffee notes, magnificently fresh, lingering aromas. This wine has good ageing potential and goes very well with lamb or game.

Ratings and reviews

Robert Parker : 
30.06.2015
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

From another of the estates owned by proprietor André Lurton, the 2005 La Louvière is a rich, dense, dark ruby/purple-colored wine. Still showing considerable tannin and structure, it is remarkably youthful and tastes more like a 2- to 3-year-old wine than one that is a decade old. Loads of tobacco leaf, blackcurrant, lead pencil and spice box are all present in this medium to full-bodied, well-endowed wine. Forget it for several years and drink it over the following 15+. Drink: 2018 - 2033

Gault et Millau : 
05.12.2013

Made in a concentrated vintage, this wine has a dark colour and a nose of intense ripe fruit with spicy, empyreumatic nuances. The complex bouquet, smooth flavour, ripeness and sheer class of this 2005 red Château La Louvière makes a superb, subtle accompaniment to the elegant gamey savours of the wood pigeon. The tight tannic texture is nevertheless smooth and tasty – a fine match for the strongly-flavoured dish. An unquestionably classic combination, but also a very enjoyable one!

Other : 
01.10.2013
 - Note : 
15.75 / 20

Jean-Marc Quarin - Beautiful, dark, intense colour. Ripe, fresh, fruity nose that benefits from decanting. Starts out very full and attractive, going on to show good fruit, smoothness, and structure on the middle palate. Tasty, with a powerful aftertaste displaying tannin that is still firm and tightly-knit. Great length.  2015-2030.

Other : 
01.11.2012
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

The 2013 Wine & Business Club Guide (Alain Marty) -

Le Guide Hachette : 
01.07.2011
 - Note : 

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Though not a classified growth, La Louvière is nonetheless an emblematic Pessac-Léognan thanks to its château, to the role of its owner, André Lurton, in the creation of the appellation, and, of course, to its wines. This 2005 is a classic, as its rich, dark ruby and garnet colour attests, ultra-concentrated, showing aromas of prune and vanilla with hints of fresh leather. Perfectly crafted, ripe, full, with tightly knit, silky tannins, the powerful palate is a truly elegant blend of oak and fruit. The finish is nicely balanced and finely nuanced, while still demonstrating the wine's solid potential.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
01.09.2009
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Guide d'achat des Crus - Well-crafted, very smooth.

Decanter : 
01.12.2008
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Lovely, scented, crushed fruit aromas. Long finish, with a touch of fresh acidity. Harmonious structure and fruit. From 2012.

Decanter : 
01.09.2008

Firm, deep, closed but hinting at a huge depth of fruit. Impressive. Well-judged oak and slick tannins. Opulent and rewarding.

Gault et Millau : 
01.04.2008
 - Note : 
17.00 / 20
The Wine Spectator : 
01.03.2008
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

Black in color, with intense aromas of blackberry, raisin and toasty oak. Turns to violet. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a mineral, licorice and berry aftertaste. Tight. Best after 2013.

Gilbert et Gaillard : 
30.01.2008
 - Note : 
88.00 / 100

Opaque. Forthright nose with ripe berry notes, sloe and plum. Good straightforward aromas, crisp tannins, attractive length. A good year.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
01.06.2006
 - Note : 
7.50 / 10

Carnets de Dégustation - Deep colour with violet highlights ; the nose is lightly smoky blackcurrant ; palate smooth, good ripeness but a little lacking in density. Will mature rapidly.

Gault et Millau : 
01.06.2006
 - Note : 
17.00 / 20

Almost black, demonstrating excellent concentration with optimum extraction. The nose is a blend of ripe aromas (plum and cherry) with fresh, leafy notes of violet and liquorice. Silky and elegant on the palate, a little tougher on the finish. A wine to lay down, La Louvière finally showing its true colours !

The Wine Advocate : 
01.05.2006
 - Note : 
from 87.00 to 89.00 / 100

This ripe, spicy, herbal-styled Pessac-Léognan reveals smoky notes intermixed with sweet cherries and black currants. Medium bodied and lightly tannic, it should be drinkable young and is capable of lasting 12-15 years. (Robert Parker)

Decanter : 
01.05.2006
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Quite elegant in style. Soft, middle palate, fresh and long. Tannins firm if a touch dry. Drink 2012-2020.

Consumption period

2013 - 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 Mikaël LAIZET.

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