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Les Lions de La Louvière White

The Cuvée Les Lions from Château La Louvière is a rare wine. In fact, it has only been made in 1989, 1996, 2003 and 2010, i.e. only in years with certain outstanding weather conditions (warmth, humidity, etc.) conducive to the development of noble rot on our Sauvignon Blanc grapes.  Nature is fantastic since, as luck would have it, the conjunction of these parameters occurs only once every seven years !


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label of 2015 Cuvée des Lions de La Louvière sweet
Appellation : Graves supérieur

Wine style

Full and Complex

Grape blend

100% Sauvignon blanc

Weather

2015 was the third warmest year since 1900... Drought conditions, above-average monthly temperatures and sunshine (in the first half of the year), cool nights and hot weather in August accompanying véraison (colour change) were all ideal for the vines!

Tasting Comment

Appearance

A sumptuous golden yellow colour with a few lemon-yellow highlights.

Nose

The nose is wonderfully intense. Swirling the wine in the glass reveals delicious notes of crisp fruit, candied orange, and honey.

Mouth

Starts out remarkable on the palate. Impressive length and freshness. A very well-balanced and elegant wine, combining notes of candied apricot, peach, orange zest, and honey-flavoured sweets. Pairs beautifully with foie gras or fruit skewers.

Consumption period

This wine is best enjoyed very young.

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Soil

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

Winemaking

Grape harvest

By hand in several passes.

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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

100% Sauvignon blanc.

Pruning type

Guyot double

Fermentation

After settling, in oak barrels.

Fermentation temperature

18 à 23 °C

Malolactic

No

Wine maturing

For 18 months in oak barrels (35% new) on full lees with bâtonnage.

Wine montage

With bentonite for protein stabilizing.

Maturing potential

Fully expressive between 3 and 5 years old, can age up to 20 or 30 years.

Oenologist consultant

Valérie LAVIGNE.

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