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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 of 2017 Château la Louvière red
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Full and Complex

Grape blend

Cabernet Sauvignon 75% / Merlot 25%

Weather

The 2017 vintage was one of the earliest on record. The growing season was marked by a dry winter and spring (46% less rainfall than usual), accompanied by temperatures 2°C above average (except for the frost in April). This dry summer weather was ideal for ripening the seeds until late August.

Ratings and reviews

Adrian Van Velsen : 
01.04.2019

Bright ruby with hints of purple. An attractive, delicately perfumed nose that is both deep and playful, with well-defined fruit and a touch of tea. Pleasingly complex. Crunchy on the palate with beautiful fruit, medium body and delicately soft tightly-knit tannins. Vivacious and spirited, the wine has well-integrated oak and an appealing finish. A La Louvière with excellent potential that needs to age.

Chris Kissak : 
01.04.2018
 - Note : 
from 91.00 to 93.00 / 100

This estate, just around the corner from Château Haut-Bailly, began picking on September 12th. The yield was 45 hl/ha, and the vinification was conducted partly in foudres. This has produced a wine with a dark, smoky, grippy and lightly roasted nose, with scents of grilled red cherry and some fragrant rose-petal notes. The palate is supple, with a medium body and gently plush character through the middle, backed up by a ripe tannic grip and fresh acid profile. A very correct style, restrained, focused, withdrawn even, but with absolutely nothing out of place. A nice grippy finish. A good if understated result from this reliable domaine.

The Wine Spectator : 
01.04.2018
 - Note : 
from 90.00 to 93.00 / 100

Bright and juicy, with good plum and cherry compote notes lined with dried anise and tar details. Has a grippy feel. Slightly gutsy in style and well done.

The Wine Enthusiast : 
01.04.2018
 - Note : 
from 92.00 to 94.00 / 100
Markus Del Monego : 
01.04.2018
 - Note : 
91.00 / 100

Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Expressive nose with distinct roasting aroma, blackcurrants and black cherries, hints of mild spices in the background. On the palate firm tannins, elegant fruit and elegant roasting aroma, well structured with good lengt.

James Suckling : 
01.04.2018
 - Note : 
from 90.00 to 91.00 / 100

A pretty core of fruit to this with a mineral, dark-fruit and crushed-stone character. Medium body, firm tannins and a clean finish.

Jancisrobinson.com : 
01.04.2018
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

(Julia Harding)

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 Mikaël LAIZET.

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