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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, 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 fallen 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. This branch of the Lurton family owns several other Bordeaux chateaux including Chateau Couhins-Lurton and Chateau Dauzac in Margaux.
Chateau La Louviere Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 61.5 hectare Pessac Leognan vineyard of Chateau La Louviere is planted to 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot for the red wine grapes. 13.5 hectares are devoted to white wine grape varieties which are planted to 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon, with a similar planting density and vine age as the red wine varieties.
The terroir is gravel with limestone deposits in the soil. 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.
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 always excited consumers.
In 2013, Chateau La Louviere hired Michel Rolland as their consultant in an effort to improve their red wines and to bring more attention to the estate. Denis Dubourdieu continued to consult for the white wines until his demise.
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.
When to Drink Chateau La Louviere, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau La Louviere can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of about 1 hour or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Chateau La Louviere is usually better with at least 4-7 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau La Louviere offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 6-15 years of age after the vintage.
Serving 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. 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
22 Vintages 64,945 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2018||Château La Louvière (Pessac-Léognan)|
Cigar lovers are going to like this wine with all its tobacco essence but so are wine lovers! The darkest vintage ever from La Louviere, the wine is gorgeous. Rich, opulent, soft and vibrant, the fruit is ripe, sweet and spicy. The volume, depth and length here is something I have never seen here before. I'm loving it! 92-94 Pts
612 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2018||Château La Louvière Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Light in color and fruit, the ripe, sweet, yellow citrus is quite juicy but it lacks the length and freshness found in the best vintages.
565 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château La Louvière Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Pomelo, green apples, vanilla, yellow citrus and flowers pop right up. Lively acidity gives the sweet, lemon-edged fruits lift and length.
1,536 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2017||Château La Louvière (Pessac-Léognan)|
Medium bodied with a tobacco overtones amidst the bright red fruits, this wine is everything you need plus a smoky edge. You should give this a few years in the cellar to soften and develop.
1,709 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château La Louvière (Pessac-Léognan)|
Medium-bodied, elegant, soft and already displaying its nose of cigar wrapper and ripe, fresh, red fruits, the wine offers lift energy and an earthy, cherry filled finish.
930 Views Tasted Feb 10, 2019
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.
2,073 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2016||Château La Louvière Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Forward, fun and fresh, with a lively lemon, grapefruit and floral character that finishes with hints of tart green apple and tangerine.
1,128 Views Tasted Feb 14, 2019
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.
1,553 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château La Louvière Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Here, you find accent of white peach, which add to the grapefruit, lemon zest and orange marmalade. There is a nice, zippy quality to the fruit that is equally fresh and refreshing. This is a nice, finesse styled white Bordeaux wine.
1,175 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2018
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.
1,309 Views Tasted Apr 23, 2016
|2015||Château La Louvière (Pessac-Léognan)|
Medium-bodied, elegant, fresh and forward, the distinctive, cherry, earth, incense and smoked, cherry pipe tobacco is out in front. The tannins are soft, the wine is polished and finish is refined. This wine is going to be easy to drink on the early side of its life.
1,404 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2018
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
1,581 Views Tasted Apr 23, 2016
|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.
1,825 Views Tasted Feb 6, 2017
|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.
2,147 Views Tasted Feb 6, 2017
|2013||Château La Louvière Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Fresh, lighter style of dry, white Bordeaux focused on the crisp, yellow fruits and limestone character.
1,094 Views Tasted Feb 1, 2016
Medium bodied with orange marmalade and lemon notes, this light style of white Bordeaux wine should be consumed young. 87-88 Pts
791 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2014
|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.
1,887 Views Tasted Feb 3, 2016
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
2,222 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2014
|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
3,489 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2013
|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.
3,329 Views Tasted Feb 19, 2014
This elegant, medium-bodied Pessac Leognan with smoke, cassis, plums and fresh cherries will drink well early. 87-89 Pts
3,967 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2012
|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.
4,134 Views Tasted Feb 15, 2013
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
2,172 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2011
|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.
6,048 Views Tasted Jan 16, 2014
|2008||Château La Louvière Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Fresh squeezed lemons strained over rocks is the name of the game here, with this vibrant, energetic, Sauvignon Blanc based wine.
1,494 Views Tasted Dec 11, 2017
|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.
5,371 Views Tasted Jan 2, 2012
|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.
3,519 Views Tasted Feb 12, 2013
|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.
2,518 Views Tasted Jan 4, 2015
|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.
2,251 Views Tasted Oct 20, 2016
|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.
1,112 Views Tasted Jul 8, 2017