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L de La Louvière White

Château La Louvière's second wine, L de La Louvière, is made with the same care and attention as its older brother. This wine is immensely attractive thanks to its roundness and fruitiness. It is produced according to traditional methods with a few modern touches in a prestigious location where art reigns alongside winegrowing.


label L de La Louvière white 2012
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Fresh and Fruity

Grape blend

100% Sauvignon.

Weather

Spring was very trying, with considerable rainfall leading to fungal diseases of all sorts. This called for very close attention in the vines until the 14th of July, when the weather changed durably for the better.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Pale green and crystal.

Nose

L de La Louvière is often cited by professional tasters as one of the leading white wines of Pessac-Léognan. It exemplifies the appellation's ethereal and floral style, with understated oak. The 2012 vintage is fully in keeping with this reputation since the bouquet immediately reveals hints of acacia blossom and lychee. Brioche aromas are released when the wine is swirled in the glass.

Mouth

The wine starts out straightforward and well-defined on the palate, going on to reveal a round, charming side. Attractive peach and nectarine flavours go into a long aftertaste. The wine shows very lovely balance, which means that it is quite enjoyable very young, but will also keep and improve for four or five years thanks to its concentration. What better wine to accompany a cheese platter? Cow's milk, goat's milk, and sheep's milk cheeses are marvellously complemented by this second wine from Chateau La Louvière.

Ratings and reviews

Le Guide Hachette : 
01.09.2014

2015 Edition - The second wine strikes a fine balance between fresh fruit and toasty oak, and between richness and acidity. 2014-2018.

Consumption period

2013 - 2022

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Ground

Soil

Deep gravel with fine limestone over small areas at the foot of the slopes.

Winemaking

Grape harvest

By hand in several passes.

Others

Graft stock

41B - Fercal.

Plant food

Traditional, limited impact.

Plant density

6,500 to 8,500 vines per hectare.

Wine average age

23 years.

Grape variety

Sauvignon blanc.

Pruning type

Guyot double

Fermentation

After settling, in oak barrels.

Fermentation temperature

18° to 23°C

Malolactic

No

Wine maturing

For 10 months in oak barrels (25% new) on full lees with bâtonnage.

Wine montage

Tartaric precipitation by cold treatment.

Maturing potential

Fully expressive between 2 and 4 years old, can age up to 10 years.

Oenologist consultant

Valérie LAVIGNE.

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