Chateau La Louviere Blanc (1.5L Magnum) 1992
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.
Famous for both its red and white wines, Graves is a large region, extending 30 miles southeast of the city of Bordeaux, along the left bank of the Garonne River. Red wine producing vineyards cover well over three times as much area as the whites. In the late 1980s, the French created the separate appellation of Pessac-Léognan within the northern confines of Graves. It includes all of its most famous properties, and the southern suburbs of the city Bordeaux itself. In French "graves" is a term used to indicate gravelly soils.