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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 2020 Château La Louvière red
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Full and Complex

Grape blend

Merlot 65% / Cabernet Sauvignon 35%

Weather

2020 was marked by very mild temperatures and contrasting precipitation: heavy spring rainfall was followed by an intense summer drought. The fairly mild winter led to early bud break. The summer heat gave way to cool nights in late August, ideal for ripening grapes.

Tasting Comment

Appearance

Very dark purple colour, with violet and almost black highlights.

Nose

Very expressive and fine, the nose lets out notes of black fruits, very ripe (plum, blackcurrant, blackberry...); all associated, in the background, with a light toastiness.

Mouth

On the palate, we find a lot of balance and a nice structure. The fruit (strawberry, blackberry), very ripe, juicy, fills the palate, to our great pleasure. Nice length with more spicy notes. It is an elegant wine, full of gourmet pleasure. It should be kept for one or two years, before being enjoyed with grilled meat, pan-fried mushrooms, pigeon with grapes or stuffed saddle of lamb.

Ratings and reviews

Anthocyanes : 
10.05.2021
 - Note : 
from 91.00 to 93.00 / 100

- Yohan Castaing -

Jancisrobinson.com : 
07.05.2021
 - Note : 
17.00 / 20

Dark lustrous purplish crimson. Notably well knit, with both ripeness and the freshness of Graves intertwined. I could drink this tonight! Masses of ripe fruit almost subsumes the tannin. So polished! And an attractive savoury/saline note on the end. If you were in a hurry, you could drink this wine quite early but I'm pretty sure it will enjoy a long and rewarding life. Not to be dismissed as simple. Drink 2025– 2045. (Julia Harding)

Markus Del Monego : 
06.05.2021
 - Note : 
93.00 / 100

Intense purple colour with violet hue and black core. Well structured nose with aroma reminiscent of blackberries, blackcurrants, ripe plums and black cherries, elegant toasting aroma in the background. On the palate well balanced and structured with power and good aromatic expression, ripe tannins, displaying an exciting tension and convincing length.

Jane Anson : 
01.05.2021
 - Note : 
92.00 / 100

A welcome precision and depth, with a slate texture that offers a sense of minerality and lift. Good quality with dark fruits, cassis and bilberry, and touches of bitterness on the finish. Once again the concentration and tannins of the vintage are clear. Drinking Window 2024 - 2036.

Vinous : 
02.04.2021
 - Note : 
from 91.00 to 93.00 / 100

The 2020 La Louvière has a powerful, expressive nose of blackberry, raspberry, freshly picked mint and light undergrowth aromas; there is real exuberance here. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, plenty of blackberry and wild strawberry, and cracked black pepper notes that lend spiciness to a finish of good length here. This is a lovely La Louvière that is much better than the recently tasted 2018. Drinking window: 2025 - 2045. (Neil Martin)

Consumption period

2024 - 2040

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Ground

Surface

46.00 ha

Soil

Deep gravel

Winemaking

Grape harvest

By hand with small deep crates

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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 and Mikaël LAIZET.

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