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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 2008
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

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

Weather

The main features this year were humidity and cold. There were heavy rains in April and May (during the vegetative cycle) and a cool summer, especially in June and August. Warm, dry weather in September enhanced ripening

Tasting Comment

Appareance

The Château La Louvière 2008 is a deep, dark garnet.

Nose

The elegant nose is already an expressive blend of ripe berry, mocha licorice and charcoal, and will undoubtedly show even more complexity after a few months in bottle.

Mouth

The palate is round, silky and full of character, with enveloping, velvety tannins. The finish, a mix of toasty notes and black fruits, is long, almost endless, and elegant. Worth waiting a while, will be perfect with a rack of lamb or tournedos.

Ratings and reviews

Paris Match : 
01.09.2015
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

Special Wines - Spicy. Long. Has the classic firmness of the 2008s. Excellent tannic structure. Needs a little more time. (Bettane & Desseauve)

Other : 
01.10.2013
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

Jean-Marc Quarin - Dark, youthful colour of average depth. Beautiful bouquet similar in both the decanted and non-decanted versions. Elegant, fruity, and subtle. Quite delicious and aromatic on the palate with medium body and  long-lasting flavours, like a Burgundy. Still seems slighting tannic. 2014-2025.

The Great Ranking of Bordeaux Wines Vintage 2008 : 
01.10.2012
 - Note : 
14.50 / 20

Deep ruby colour with a crimson reflects. Nice aromas of raspberries, cherries, blueberries, cedar wood, bacon and grilled flavour. Straight forward taste, with dry tannins. The texture lacks expression, with smoked wood, moka and cocoa. Medium length. Short finish. Tasted in 2012.

Other : 
01.10.2012
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

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

Le Guide Hachette : 
01.06.2011
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This 2008 shows a nascent bouquet blending toasty notes with ripe plum and cherry. The tannins give body and structure, the fruit is somewhat retiring at present with the oak taking centre stage; the finish is chewy and the palate needs 2 or 3 years in bottle, maybe more.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
15.01.2011
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

A textbook Pessac, lightly smoky, gently mineral.

L’express : 
01.07.2009
 - Note : 
17.00 / 20

Excellent roasted notes, the sample is exceptionally fresh and bright, good body, powerful tannins give it a classic style. A wine for the connoisseurs who likes wines that are structured and traditional in style. One of the best wines – if not the very best - in the last 10 years from this domain.

Vino : 
30.06.2009

Exceptionnal quality.

Vinum : 
30.06.2009
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

Crisp, fruity, with dense, juicy tannins, smooth, no harshness, strawberry and lemon fruit-drop finish ; pleasing 2014-2020.

Vinifera : 
30.06.2009
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Attractive deep colour. Oak dominates for the moment. Spicy nose, black fruits, graphite, quite complex. Dense palate, tight with a lot of presence. Good depth, a fine production for this estate.

Decanter : 
30.06.2009
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20
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Smoky, dense fruit, firm tannins, more depth than charm. (2015-25)

La Revue du Vin de France : 
15.05.2009
 - Note : 
from 15.50 to 16.50 / 20

Elegant, melting nose, with attractive fruit and pleasing flinty notes. The palate is full, smooth, rich and ripe, with plenty of fruit and freshness. A pretty wine, shows potential.

Le Point : 
15.05.2009
 - Note : 
from 15.00 to 15.50 / 20

Toasty, coffee notes, ample palate, smooth, chocolate, mellow, well-crafted oak, modern style with well-crafted tannins, well made, very enticing. 2015/15 years. (Jacques Dupont)

Decanter : 
15.05.2009
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20
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Black-red, crushed blackcurrant fruit with a certain smokiness on the nose, finely concentrated ripe berry fruit on the palate, firm tannins, more depth than charm. Drink 2015-25.

The Wine Enthusiast : 
15.05.2009

Balanced already, the caramel edge of wood well integrated with the soft, attractive tannins. The final is fresh, but remains soft. (Roger Voss)

Consumption period

2013 - 2023

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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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