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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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2016 red Château La Louvière label
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Full and Complex

Grape blend

Merlot 60% / Cabernet Sauvignon 40 %

Weather

2016 fait partie des grands millésimes de ces 20 dernières années : hiver exceptionnellement doux et humide, printemps très arrosé jusqu'en juin. Puis, mi-juin, le millésime change radicalement de profil : chaleur et sècheresse diurne, nuits fraîches. Des conditions idéales pour de beaux raisins !

Tasting Comment

Appareance

This wine is garnet-red in colour with a few carmine highlights.

Nose

Its bouquet is wonderfully intense. On aeration, it releases black-berry fruit (blackberry, black cherry, plum) aromas, with hints of cake spices.

Mouth

On the palate, this wine is very rich and well-balanced. The aftertaste is long, with slight tarry overtones. The tannin is not yet fully resolved. These characteristics are indicative of its good ageing potential: it would be best to wait two or three years to appreciate its full complexity. It makes a delicious accompaniment to stuffed capon, braised veal sweetbreads, or cheese (hard sheep's milk cheese, Roquefort).

Ratings and reviews

Wine chronicles : 
11.03.2019
 - Note : 
91.00 / 100

Here we get a more powerful and evidently tannic wine from the reds. It is not rustic but rather somewhat imposing. I think it just needs time in your cellar, this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot. And the track record of this estate is such that you can have faith in the modest investment. Yup, a good price/quality ratio! (Panos Kakaviatos)

The Wine Spectator : 
04.02.2019
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

This sports a big burst of plum fruit flavor liberally laced with savory detail and tobacco leaf notes. A dose of toasty vanilla is inserted on the finish. A fruit-driven and friendly style that should settle down with brief cellaring. Best from 2021 through 2028. (James Molesworth)

Gault et Millau : 
12.12.2017
 - Note : 
from 15.00 to 16.00 / 20

Oak comes through, as well as black fruit. Tannic and impressive on the palate, with moderate structure and altogether well-balanced.

Jancisrobinson.com : 
25.04.2017
 - Note : 
16.50 / 20

Deep crimson. Very ripe, verging on stewed, fruit on the nose. Nicely restrained with some minerality on the palate. Dry, sandpapery finish. Some juicy black-fruit flavours. When to drink : 2025 – 2040.

Jennie Cho Lee : 
21.04.2017
 - Note : 
93.00 / 100

A balanced, elegant, delicious red by La Louviere. There is good depth, density and focus in this wine filled with dark berry flavors. A serious but approachable wine with nice mid palate depth and finish. Peak: 2022

Andrew Caillard MW : 
19.04.2017
 - Note : 
93.00 / 100

Deep colour. Aniseed cassis dark chocolate herb aromas. Well concentrated dark chocolate cassis flavours, inky mid palate with supple fine tannins and new oak complexity. Finishes chocolaty firm with juicy blackberry fruits. Lovely density and ripeness. Tasted at the The Union des Grands Crus.

The Wine Spectator : 
06.04.2017
 - Note : 
from 91.00 to 94.00 / 100

This has a sappy feel, with lots of kirsch, plum reduction and blackberry compote flavors, inlaid with brambly grip. Features a noticeable tarry streak through the finish, but this maintains good energy along the way. A strong showing. (James Molesworth)

Decanter : 
03.04.2017
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

Another André Lurton Pessac-Léognan property, just a few minutes stroll from Haut Bailly. This is tight, with well knitted-in tannins and rich pencil lead and black cherry flavours that open up in the glass slowly but surely, with oak edging and liquorice and dark spices. Another clear expression of the vintage here - not the immediacy of 2015, but lovely richness and clear ageing ability. 46ha on deep gravel soils planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. Drinking Window 2025 – 2040. (Jane Anson)

James Suckling : 
27.03.2017
 - Note : 
from 91.00 to 92.00 / 100

Full to medium body, chewy tannins and a medium finish. A juicy and pretty wine already.

Consumption period

2022 - 2040

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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

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 (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 Mikaël LAIZET.

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