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Chateau Loudenne B de Loudenne 2011

Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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    The "B" of Loudenne, which consists of grapes from the bottom of the hills of Château Loudenne, is the Bordeaux AOC area close to the Médoc appellation. This wine is a subtle blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, offering fruity aromas, which add to the wine's freshness. It has the elegance and distinguished reputation of the wines of Château Loudenne.

    To serve with white and red meats dishes or during your appetizer with dry sausages.

    Blend: 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

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    Chateau Loudenne

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    Chateau Loudenne, Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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    Originally built in the 17th century, Château Loudenne is one of the oldest Cru Bourgeois properties. The humble pink chateau sits on the banks of the Gironde where it is one of the first Chateaux to greet visitors who enter the Médoc from the Atlantic via the Gironde. When traveling by car you drive north from Paullic, through some of the small villages of the Médoc arriving at the long driveway which leads you to the Pink Château with its grand views of the river.

    Geographically the Château is located on the last major gravel bank of the Haut Médoc with slopes that the lead down to the rivers edge. The close proximity to the river played out in the Château’s history as it was a major port for which all of the famous Bordeaux were shipped from before heading out to the Atlantic Ocean.

    Originally the Château was more famed for its rights of port and for its British coined “Claret” wines which were bought from many surrounding vineyards and produced at the Château. However, today the house has heavily invested in their winemaking facility and in hiring one of the top oenologist consultants in the business. With the employment of famed oenologist advisor, Michel Rolland, many new systems have been put into place to ensure the finest yields from the vineyards. Rolland has supervised and managed every aspect of winemaking from the vineyard to the winery.

    Château Loudenne, with its 154 acres of planted vineyards, prides itself on the quality of their terroir which slowly descends to the rivers edge with excellent soils comprised of gravel, clay and limestone. While this area is known to be a cooler climate than the rest of the Médoc, the river tends to act as a mirror and reflects the warm sun onto the vineyards. With all of these elements in place, Château Loudenne will continue to produce distinctive and elegant wines made from their estate vineyards that surround this historic pink chateau.

    One of the most—if not the most—famous red wine regions of the world, the Medoc reaches northwest from the city of Bordeaux along the left bank of the Gironde River. Its vineyards climb along a band of flatlands, sandwiched between the coastal marshes and the pine forests running along it to the southwest. The entire region can only claim to be three to eight miles wide (at its widest), but it is about 50 miles long.

    While the Medoc encompasses the Haut Medoc, and thus most of the classed-growth villages (Margaux, Moulis, Listrac, St-Julien, Pauillac and St. Estephe) it is really only those wines produced in the Bas-Medoc that use the Medoc appellation name. The ones farther down the river, and on marginally higher ground, are eligible to claim the Haut Medoc appellation, or their village or cru status.

    While the region can’t boast a particularly dramatic landscape, impressive chateaux disperse themselves among the magically well-drained gravel soils that define the area. This optimal soil draining capacity is completely necessary and ideal in the Medoc's damp, maritime climate. These gravels also serve well to store heat in cooler years.

    Bordeaux Blends

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    One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

    In the Glass

    Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

    Perfect Pairings

    Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

    Sommelier Secret

    While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

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