Chateau La Louvière 2009 MAGNUM - Cru Classé de Graves
If La Louvière probably owes its name to Guilhem de la Louvière, abbot of St. Croix and provost of Léognan in the thirteenth century, Estla family Guilloche, a large family of Bordeaux notables, which develops and structures the vineyards of La Louvière in the XV and the sixteenth century. A time property Charteux which led him among the best, in 1791 the estate passed into the hands of John the Baptist Marheilac, great Bordeaux wine merchant. It was he who then built by Francois Lhote, a student of Victor Louis, architect of the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, the beautiful present castle, one of the finest Bordeaux, a historical monument in 1991. The Marheilac family owner until the beginning of the twentieth, allowed La Louvière to remain among the most famous wines of the territory that was to become one of the Pessac-Léognan. The following 2 owners, like many victims of wars and crises that severely affected the wine production was could not prevent the decline of the area not classified in 1959. One of the two architects of fabulous development of the Lurton family become today one of all major families of Bordeaux vineyards, André Lurton acquires La Louvière in 1965. He assured since total renewal. Located east of Leognan, among CARBONNIEUX and Haut-Bailly, the vineyard of 61 hectares grow on various soils, deep gravel, silica and limestone. With an average age of 21, it is planted in red Cabernet Sauvignon (64%), Merlot (30%), Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot (3% each), and white Sauvignon (85%) and Semillon (15%). The planting density is on average 7500 feet / ha. Besides the great wine in red and white, La Louvière produces a second wine in 2 colors, ""L de la Louvière.""
|Bottle Size||1.5 L|
|Main grape||Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Grapes||64% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot 3% Cabernet Franc 3% Petit Verdot|
|When to drink||2015-2029|
2009 is unquestionably a great vintage in the entire Bordeaux vineyard. The sunny climate of the summer and September favored a high concentration of anthocyanins and aromas, a necessary, but not sufficient to qualify as a great vintage. It also requires that the balance between alcohol and acidity is at the rendezvous. Fruit quality has welcomed all observers and actors of this vintage, a tasty and delicate fruit that we find in all the wines that have not been harvested too late, one of the risks of the vintage, which can bring flavors some cooked and heavy. For those who have a just harvested ripe, we find this quality in a remarkable fruit tannins balance / alcohol / acidity that makes them relatively easy to sample young wines that are clearly tailored to the guard. It is therefore not found too far from a year like 2005, but with a less square ""and more open side Another characteristic of this vintage. The fairly general success in all the names and all types of wine either red of course, but also dry white or sweet wines. In the Medoc, the winter was a bit colder than usual but until March, the region benefited from prolonged sunshine, above the average of the last thirty years and conducive to good grape ripening. April was very humid, often stormy May Flowering, quick and even intervened early June. Summer moved, very sunny, without excess. The high water stress and good conditions allowed a perfect and complete maturation. September was ideal, alternating warm days and cool nights. The harvest, the vineyard was perfectly healthy in its great majority. On the right bank, in Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, the same climatic conditions were favorable for a very good year, maybe more responsible alcohol, however for the Merlot. Cabernet franc and sauvignon found a better balance. A Sauternes and Barsac, drought and moderate heat for six consecutive months gave perfectly ripe grapes, very rich in sugars (and alcohol), perhaps even more than 2005. The vegetative phase was of rare quality and cool nights summer preserved acidity and aromatic potential. The botrytis was superb, thanks to the rains of September 19 (without the announced deluges!) And hot and dry next three weeks. Yquem went his last grapes on October 19; as opulent 1990 as intense in 2003, concentrated in 2001 as magical as 1893, 2009 looks great, at least wait ... afterwards. "".