Chateau La Louviere Blanc (Futures Pre-sale) 2011
Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
Powerful, complex bouquet, with notes of candied and dried fruits. Rich, opulent and with a long finish.
Wine Enthusiast - "An intensely herbaceous wine, with delicious flavors of grapefruit, apricot juice and spice. The finish is lively and fruity, with mineral acidity.
Barrel Sample: 94-96 Points"
Wine Spectator - "Offers lots of crunchy honeysuckle, Meyer lemon and grapefruit pulp notes, with a backdrop of straw and salted butter that should fill in with more time. Rock-solid.
Barrel Sample: 90-93 points"
International Wine Cellar - "Pale straw-green. A strong note of vanilla complement pure aromas of white peach, minerals and chlorophyll. Bright, juicy and dense, with multilayered saline flavors of white fruit, lemon verbena and gin. Finishes long and pure, with lovely mineral tang. La Louvière is better and better with each passing year.
Barrel Sample: 90-93 Points"
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Chateau La Louviere Winery
Located fourteen kilometers south of the city of Bordeaux, in the heart of the Pessac-Leognan appellation, Chateau La Louviere's history goes back seven centuries. Records show that wine was already made there in 1310.
However, the vineyard as we know it today dates from the early 16th century. In 1620, the Carthusian monks who inherited the estate contributed their experience and expertise to producing wines that acquired an international reputation. Jean-Baptiste Mareilhad, a rich negociant, purchased the property during the French Revolution and built the present-day chateau in a pure neoclassical style. It is now listed as a historic monument. Andre Lurton became the owner of La Louviere in 1965 and has worked tirelessly to restore the estate's former splendour. View all Chateau La Louviere Wines
About Pessac-LeognanView a map of Pessac-Leognan wineries (PEH-sak lay-ohn-yawn)
One of the top appellations within Graves, Pessac-Léognan is home to the only Graves chateau listed as a first growth in the 1855 Médoc classification – Chateau Haut-Brion. In fact, praise for the chateau dates back to the days of Thomas Jefferson, when, upon visiting the chateau in 1787, he bought 125 bottles for his cellar in Virginia.
The majority of wines made here are red, but Pessac-Léognan is also known for producing some of the finest dry white wines of Bordeaux. Many of the top chateau, like Chateau Haut Brion and Chateau Mission Haut Brion, produce top-quality whites alongside their red. Other Chateaux, like Smith Haut Lafite and Carbonnieux, are better known for their distinguished white wines than reds. Both colors of wine from this region have the specific tastes of the gravelly soil where it's grown.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.