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Chateau La Louviere History, Overview
Chateau La Louviere, like many Pessac Leognan estates enjoys a long history. In fact, Chateau La Louviere dates back to the late 1300’s as an estate. Passing from owner to owner, which included an order of monks, who took their wine making duties seriously, the estate was confiscated during the French Revolution and eventually sold to the Mareilhac family, who also owned Chateau Rieussec in Sauternes at one point in time.
The modern era for Chateau La Louviere begins in 1965 when the well-known Lurton family purchased Chateau La Louviere from the Taquet family. The Taquet family had been the owners of Chateau La Louviere since the early part of the 20th century. The purchase price could not have been much, as the estate had been allowed to fall into a serious state of dilapidation. Extensive renovations were required in the cellars, the vineyards and the chateau of La Louvier which is now classified as a national architectural treasure by the French government.
2003 marked an interesting experiment when Chateau La Louviere became one of the first, well-known Bordeaux estates to bottle their wine using the Stelvin screwcap enclosure. The estate was once again modernized in 2008. Today, the estate is managed by Andre Lurton.
Chateau La Louviere Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
Chateau La Louviere has good neighbors. They are located in Cadaujac, which is not far from Chateau Haut Bailly and across the way from Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte. Even with new wine making facilities and good terroir, the wines have not excited consumers. In 2013, Chateau La Louviere hired Michel Rolland as their consultant in an effort to improve the wines and bring more attention to the estate. Michel Rolland will consult on the red wines, while Denis Dubourdieu will continue to consult for the white wines. This branch of the Lurton family owns several other Bordeaux chateaux including Chateau Couhins-Lurton and Chateau Dauzac in Margaux.
The 61.5 hectare Pessac Leognan vineyard of Chateau La Louviere is dedicated to both red and white wine grape varieties. 48 hectares are reserved for red wine varieties and 13.5 hectares are devoted to white wine grape varieties. The terroir is gravel with limestone deposits in the soil. For the red wine grapes, the vineyard is planted to 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. On average, the vines are close to 25 years of age. The vines are planted to a density that ranges from 6,500 vines per hectare up to 8,500 vines per hectare.
For the white wine varieties at La Louviere, the vineyard is planted to 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon, with a similar planting density and vine age as the red wine varieties. The vines are located not far from Chateau Carbonnieux and Chateau Haut Bailly.
Chateau La Louviere Winemaking
To produce the red wine of Chateau La Louviere, vinification takes palce in a combination of temperature controlled, traditional, cement vats and stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for about 15 months.
To produce the white wine of Chateau La Louviere, the grapes are whole cluster pressed. There is no contact between the juice and the skin. There is no malolactic fermentation. Alcoholic fermentation starts in tank and continues in a combination of new and used French oak barrels. The wine is and aged on its lees in an average of 45% new, French oak barrels for close to 9 to months before bottling, depending on the vintage.
For the red wine of Chateau La Louviere, the average production is 12,000 cases per vintage. For the white wine, the production is close to 4,000 cases per year. Denis Dubourdieu is the consultant. There is a second wine for both the red and white wine, L de La Louviere.
Serving and Decanting Chateau La Louviere, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau La Louviere is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. The wine will also gently warm in the glass, releasing its aromatics. Older vintages might also need decanting, for both aerating and to remove the sediment. The red wine of Chateau La Louviere is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Chateau La Louviere is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese. The white wine of Chateau La Louviere is a perfect wine to serve with shellfish, sashimi, sushi, all types of seafood, chicken, veal and cheese.
Château La Louvière Wine Tasting Notes
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2016 Château La Louvière ( Pessac-Léognan)
Medium-bodied with a cigar box and smoke note that really adds to the sweet, ripe, cherries. Elegant, fresh and bright, you can age this a few years for more nuance.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 852 Views
2016 Château La Louvière Blanc ( Pessac-Léognan)
An early drinker here, with the right amount of just squeezed lemons, grape fruit, tart green apple and tangerine make this an appealing, summer, white Bordeaux wine.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 799 Views
2015 Château La Louvière Blanc ( Pessac-Léognan)
White peach, orange marmalade and pomelo get your attention rather quickly, but its the zippy, fresh lemon peel notes in the finish that stay with you.
Apr 23, 2016points - Tasted 858 Views
2015 Château La Louvière ( Pessac-Léognan)
Medium-bodied and fresh, tobacco and cherry fruits on the nose quickly move to an elegant, cherry, fennel and cigar box character on the palate. This wine is going to be easy to drink on the early side of its life. 88 - 90 Pts
Apr 23, 2016points - Tasted 895 Views
2014 Château La Louvière Blanc ( Pessac-Léognan)
Much better than the red this year. There is freshness and length, coupled with sweet, ripe, citrus, floral and green melon notes.
Feb 6, 2017points - Tasted 1216 Views
2014 Château La Louvière ( Pessac-Léognan)
Light in color, medium bodied and with a distinctive herbal note that marred the otherwise, fresh, crisp, bright, red berry flavors.
Feb 6, 2017points - Tasted 1447 Views
2013 Château La Louvière Blanc ( Pessac-Léognan)
Fresh, lighter style of dry, white Bordeaux focused on the crisp, yellow fruits and limestone character.
Feb 1, 2016points - Tasted 992 Views
Medium bodied with orange marmalade and lemon notes, this light style of white Bordeaux wine should be consumed young. 87-88 Pts
Apr 21, 2014points - Tasted 754 Views
2013 Château La Louvière ( Pessac-Léognan)
Light in style with a bright, tart, red berry character that is made for early drinking. The wine was produced from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.
Feb 3, 2016points - Tasted 1305 Views
Light in style with an earthy, red cherry-filled personality, the wine feels rustic on the palate with sweet, tart flavors in the finish. 83-85 Pts
Apr 21, 2014points - Tasted 1945 Views
2012 Château La Louvière ( Pessac-Léognan)
Medium-bodied with fresh, smoky cherries on the nose and a fresh, cherry finish produced a wine that should be drinkable on release. 88-90 Pts
Apr 25, 2013points - Tasted 2782 Views
2011 Château La Louvière ( Pessac-Léognan)
Light, rusitic and lacking depth of flavor, the wine focuses on tart, red berries and herbs. Fans of this style of wine will like it a lot more than I did.
Feb 19, 2014points - Tasted 2584 Views
This elegant, medium-bodied Pessac Leognan with smoke, cassis, plums and fresh cherries will drink well early. 87-89 Pts
Apr 25, 2012points - Tasted 3537 Views
2010 Château La Louvière ( Pessac-Léognan)
Red berries, earth, tobacco open the nose. Medium bodied, fresh, lively and soft, the wine ends with refined, spicy red fruits.
Feb 15, 2013points - Tasted 3943 Views
2010 La Louviere – Smoke, blackberry and fresh herb aromas pair with round textures that conclude with a licorice, black cherry and earthy wine that should drink well early and offer a lot of bang for the buck. 90-92 Pts
Apr 21, 2011points - Tasted 1979 Views
2009 Château La Louvière ( Pessac-Léognan)
A wine of finesse, and not concentration, the nose grabs you with its smoky, cherry, pipe tobacco and wet earth aromas. Soft, refined and elegant, the finish delivers fresh black cherries. Already drinking well, you can age it, or pop a bottle if you prefer young, fresh fruits.
Jan 16, 2014points - Tasted 4676 Views
2006 Château La Louvière ( Pessac-Léognan)
This medium bodied, smokey, Pessac Leognan wine offers a red fruit and spice characteristics. This light style of wine is probably best enjoyed in its youth.
Jan 2, 2012points - Tasted 5255 Views
2005 Château La Louvière ( Pessac-Léognan)
Light in style, better on the nose with its tobacco, dark red berry, earth and herb notes , than on the medium bodied, uncomplicated, red berry dominated palate.
Feb 12, 2013points - Tasted 3394 Views
2004 Château La Louvière ( Pessac-Léognan)
Better on the nose, with its smoky, red fruits, earth and spicy aromas, than on the soft, medium bodied, almost light, red berry finish.
Jan 4, 2015points - Tasted 1837 Views
2000 Château La Louvière ( Pessac-Léognan)
Fully mature, and more interesting on the nose, with its cigar box, smoke, tobacco and fresh, plum, with cherry aromas. Medium bodied and almost light on the palate, there is no reason to age this for further evolution. Popped and poured.
Oct 20, 2016points - Tasted 1888 Views
1975 Château La Louvière Blanc ( Pessac-Léognan)
The oldest wine I've ever tasted from this estate continues to offer interest, with its slightly honeyed citrus, and stony components. The fruit is taking on a sight petrol character, so I would not continue pressing your luck holding on this, if you have a bottle or two hanging around.
Jul 8, 2017points - Tasted 352 Views