Chateau des Laudes St. Emilion Bordeaux, Complete Guide

Des Laudes

Learn everything about Chateau des Laudes St. Emilion with wine tasting notes, wine, and food pairing tips, best vintages, a history of the property, and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau des Laudes History, Overview

Prior to becoming a vineyard and winery, Chateau des Laudes started out life on a farm in the 1600s. At the time, the estate was better known for the production of agricultural products.

n fact, the chateau, which continues to maintain the look of a 17th-century farmhouse was built in 1658, making it one of the older chateaus in Saint Emilion that is still in use today. Today, Chateau des Laudes is owned by the Artigue family.

Chateau des Laudes Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The small 3.8-hectare, St. Emilion vineyard of Chateau des Laudes is planted to 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The terroir in the vineyard of des Laudes is situated on clay, sand, and limestone soil. The vines are on average kept close to 25 years of age.

The vineyards are located in the commune of Saint Christophe des Bardes. The grapes are whole berry fermented in large, French oak vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrels. The wine is aged in a combination of new and used, French oak barrels before bottling.

On average, 1,500 cases are produced of Chateau des Laudes each vintage. Bernard Artigue manages the Right Bank estate today. The vineyard management and winemaking for Chateau des Laudes took a change with the 2007 vintage when they hired the team of Stephane Derenoncourt as their consultant.

The best vintages of Chateau Des Laudes are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2010, 2009 and 2005.

When to Drink Chateau des Laudes, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau des Laudes is better with at least 2-4 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. Chateau des Laudes is best enjoyed in the first 3-9 years of life.

Young vintages can be decanted for 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.

Serving Chateau des Laudes with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau des Laudes is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau des Laudes is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau des Laudes is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.

The estate also produces two additional Bordeaux wines from their family-owned estates. They produce another wine from the St. Emilion appellation, Chateau Galeteau as well as Chateau Beaule, which is located in the Entre Deux Mers appellation.

Château Des Laudes Wine Tasting Notes

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2016 Château Des Laudes  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

Medium-bodied, early-drinking, fresh, fruity, soft, earthy, thyme and cherry-filled wine with a touch of oak and plum in the finish. 87 Points

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2012 Château Des Laudes  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 86

Early drinking, uncomplicated, Merlot based, Right Bank wine that makes for easy going, uncomplicated, drinking with a dark, red plum core of fruit. 86 Points

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2010 Château Des Laudes  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 85

Pleasant, easy drinking, medium bodied, round quaffer, with a bit of oak, licorice and dark cherries. 85 Points

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2009 Château Des Laudes  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 84

Roasted strawberry jam with hints of licorice combine with a medium bodied wine that ends with a light red and black fruit finish. 84 Points

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2009 des Laudes, with its spicy, jammy berry, and licorice flavored profile, is a nice value wine. 84-86 Pts

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