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Les Lions de La Louvière Red

André Lurton chose this name in honour of the two impressive stone lions that watch over the entrance to Château La Louvière. The grapes come from specific plots on the estate. The wine is very attractive: elegant, round and fruity.


label Les Lions de La Louvière red in 2011
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Cabernet Sauvignon 60% / Merlot 40%.

Weather

Temperatures were much higher than average from February to June, with much less rainfall than usual. There were already signs of drought at the end of Spring.

Tasting Comment

Appearance

The garnet-red nuances and purplish highlights are remarkable. Deep, dark colour indicative of a great wine.

Nose

The nose is very attractive even at this early stage, with overtones of morello cherry and blackcurrant, as well as roasted nuances.

Mouth

It definitely encourages one to taste the wine, which is rich, delicious, and backed-up by lovely freshness. This wine has great potential, and the long finish with smoky and graphite elements is typical of great terroirs in Pessac-Léognan. The tannin is powerful and polished. It is really a treat, points out one of our tasters... who is not mistaken. What better way to enjoy Les Lions de La Louvière than with a dish of delicatessen meats, grilled meat or poultry? It is sure to be appreciated and highlight the food that goes with it.

Consumption period

2014 - 2026

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Soil

Deep gravel.

Winemaking

Grape harvest

By hand.

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Graft stock

101.14 - Riparia gloire - 3309

Plant food

Traditional, limited impact.

Plant density

6,500 to 8,500 vines per hectare.

Wine average age

23 years.

Grape variety

Cabernet Sauvignon 55% / Merlot 40% / Cabernet Franc 2% / Petit Verdot 3%.

Pruning type

Guyot double with debudding.

Fermentation

In stainless-steel temperature-controlled tanks with patented cap-breaking system.

Fermentation temperature

28° to 30°C

Malolactic

Yes

Wine maturing

For 12 months in oak barrels (50% new) with racking.

Wine montage

Eggwhites

Maturing potential

Subject to vintage, begins to be expressive between 3 and 5 years, can age 10 to 15 years.

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