CHATEAU LA LOUVIERE Rouge, Pessac-Leognan 2020 Wooden Case x 6 Bottles - PRE-RELEASE
Red Still Wine | France | Bordeaux | Graves/Pessac-Léognan | 75cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Wine Style: Full Bodied
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
We are very pleased to announce the start of the highly anticipated 2020 Bordeaux En-Primeur campaign, one which promises to be as exciting as it is different in our new post-brexit, mid-covid world.
Not having had the chance to travel to Bordeaux to taste we are very reliant on several key factors namely; pedigree, reputation, consistency and critics and the critics seem to like it.
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 in the early 1600’s. The vineyard 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 age 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 fallen into a serious state of dilapidation. Extensive renovations were required in the cellars, the vineyards and the chateau of La Louviere 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 screw cap 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.
The 61.5 hectare vineyard of Chateau La Louviere is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, although there are some Petit Verdot vines remaining in the vineyard. The Cabernet Franc has been completely removed. 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. The higher levels of density are for the newer plantings.
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 their new wine making facilities and good terroir, the wines have not always been consistent. Since 2015, they have been on a roll and the wines have never been better.
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.
JAMES SUCKLING 92-93 points
"Very plush tannin texture to this young red with iodine, berry, mushroom and walnut aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and intense. Creamy texture."
DECANTER 92 points
Tasted by Jane Anson (at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021)
"A welcome precision and depth, with a slate texture that offers a sense of minerality and lift. Good quality with dark fruits, cassis and bilberry, and touches of bitterness on the finish. Once again the concentration and tannins of the vintage are clear. Drinking Window 2024 - 2036."
JANCIS ROBISNON 17 points
Drink: 2025 - 2045 - 65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged for 12 months in oak barrels (40–50 % new) with racking.
"Dark lustrous purplish crimson. Notably well knit, with both ripeness and the freshness of Graves intertwined. I could drink this tonight! Masses of ripe fruit almost subsumes the tannin. So polished! And an attractive savoury/saline note on the end. If you were in a hurry, you could drink this wine quite early but I'm pretty sure it will enjoy a long and rewarding life. Not to be dismissed as simple."
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Delivery - Autumn 2023
Prices - Include Freight, Duty & GST. No further discounts apply
Storage - Free of Charge until 30th April 2024
Allocation - On a first-come-first-served basis.
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