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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 of 2014 Les Liions de La Louvière red
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Cabernet Sauvignon 70% / Merlot 30%

Weather

Winter and spring were very mild, but the summer of 2014 did not live up to our expectations: it rained heavily in July, and August was much cooler than usual. However, starting in September, a miraculous Indian summer with high temperatures, was very favourable to ripening.

Tasting Comment

Appearance

2014 Lions de La Louvière has a lovely deep, nearly ruby-red colour.

Nose

The very elegant nose features a subtle range of fruity aromas as well as overtones of oak.

Mouth

This Lions de La Louvière proves to be beautifully smooth on the palate with well-integrated oak and hints of red fruit, such as redcurrant. There is fine long aftertaste, and this wine goes very well  with sirloin steak, veal Orloff, or cheeses such as Saint-Nectaire...

Consumption period

2017 - 2029

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Ground

Soil

Deep gravel.

Winemaking

Grape harvest

By hand.

Others

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.

Oenologist consultant

Michel ROLLAND

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