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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 2009
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

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

Weather

While January and February were colder than average, 2009 was nevertheless a warm year (one of the warmest in a century). There was a great deal of sunshine and a remarkable drought during the summer months.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Intense, deep colour with black tints.

Nose

Intense nose of toast, cherry, vanilla and cinnamon. More complexity after aeration.

Mouth

Smooth, ample, generous upfront,  not a hint of aggression, opens onto classy tannins. The nose is complex, mingling fruit with roasted aromas, remarkable. A wine with personality, worth waiting 4 or 5 years more to deliver all  its latent potential from  vintage and terroir. Made to stand the test of time, this is a wine to enjoy with fine dining : try it with a saddle of lamb with cèpes or a turkey with chestnut stuffing…(January, 2012)

Ratings and reviews

Other : 
01.02.2014

In Vino Veritas - Beautiful brilliant nose of fresh black cherry, black fruit liqueurs, blackcurrant, blackberry, pepper, menthol, and sage, with underlying musky nuances. Both full-bodied and ethereal on the palate, bursting with ripe fruit. Soft, juicy texture and delicious aftertaste. Beautiful balance, with very good grip and length. Complexity: 14+/20. Pleasure provided: 17/20.

Other : 
10.01.2014
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Jean-Marc Quarin - Beautiful, dark, intense colour. Very fruity nose if decanted, but more floral if not decanted.  Round, cushioned, powerful and aromatic on the palate, developing into a long, rich, very tasty finish. Great length. 2016-2035.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
01.09.2013
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

Round and suave.

Other : 
31.12.2012

Régal - The 55% Cabernet Sauvignon provides a fine, firm, lovely tannic structure to complement the round, ripe, fruity flavour. The rich toasty oak overtones are understated and elegant, and will integrate over time.

Other : 
01.11.2012
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

The 2013 Wine & Business Club Guide (Alain Marty)

Le Guide Hachette : 
01.09.2012
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2013 Edition - With this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (64%), Merlot (30%), Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc (3% each), André Lurton pays tribute to the spirit of the appellation. This wine shows real aromatic complexity and absolute class, blending vanilla with ultra-ripe black fruits and spices, with an elusive hint of venison. Succulent and jammy, fruit sublimated by careful use of oak, the palate shows all the class of this vintage, while a firm, balanced tannic structure gives the wine considerable poise. Wait three to five years before drinking.

Bettane et Desseauve : 
01.09.2012
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Le Guide des Vins de France 2013 - Complex bouquet showing ripe fruit, minerality and well-integrated overtones of toasty oak. Concentrated on the palate with a silky, tightly-knit tannic texture and a delicious fresh finish.

The Wine Advocate : 
01.10.2011
 - Note : 
91.00 / 100

Tasted in October 2011 in London at a Union des Grands Crus event. Attractive, floral, pure and well-defined nose with aromas of blackberry and plum, along with some tertiary nuances. Well-balanced on the palate with elegant, very pure tannin and a lemon component that appears just prior to the harmonious aftertaste. This 2009 Pessac is simply delicious.

Gault et Millau : 
15.01.2011
 - Note : 
17.50 / 20

Impressive elegance and richness, framed by a delicate structure. Still some hot, roasted notes but will fine down and gain balance over time. Delicious spice, tobacco, amber and candied fruit.

Vino : 
01.07.2010
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Vinifera : 
01.06.2010
 - Note : 
from 88.00 to 90.00 / 100

Jacques Perrin's choice -

The Wine Spectator : 
15.04.2010
 - Note : 
from 88.00 to 91.00 / 100

A silky red, with plum and mineral character that follows through to a medium body with fine tannins. Refined and pretty. (James Suckling)

Decanter : 
15.04.2010
 - Note : 
17.00 / 20
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Dense purple red, well-extracted and quite intense blackcurrant fruit, nice depth of earthiness alongside the fragrant and ripe middle palate, good structure and length. Drink 2016-25.

Other : 
15.04.2010
 - Note : 
from 15.00 to 15.25 / 20

Jean-Marc Quarin - Deep, intense, attractive colour. Nose is fruity, spicy, somewhat aromatic and lightly smoky. Palate soft, fruity, creamy and aromatic. All about charm. Average length.

The Wine Enthusiast : 
15.04.2010
 - Note : 
from 89.00 to 91.00 / 100

A wine that is packed with bitter chocolate, tight and dark tannins, very solid, firm, perhaps too extracted. (Roger Voss)

Le Point : 
15.04.2010
 - Note : 
16.50 / 20

Dry, with underlying black fruit, opulent, soft, fruity, mellow, chewy, silky tannins, elegant,  delicate, good length. In a class of its own. Begin drinking in 2015. Can age for at least 20 years.

The Wine Advocate : 
01.04.2010
 - Note : 
from 88.00 to 90.00 / 100

A strong effort in Pessac-Leognan, this opaque ruby/purple-tinged wine displays loads of creme de cassis, tobacco leaf, damp earth, and graphite. Medium to full-bodied, with supple tannins, yet good freshness and vibrancy, the wine is bigger than usual but a textbook Graves and ideal for drinking in its first 15 or more years of life. (Tasted once)

Consumption period

2013 - 2024

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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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