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Château Loudenne

The history of Château Loudenne is inextricably linked with the British wine trade. Built in the 17th century, Loudenne had many owners until 1875 when it was sold to two English brothers, Walter and Alfred Gilbey. The Gilbeys were already well known wine and spirit merchants in London and producers of the gin of the same name. The wines of Loudenne prospered in the British trade, surviving two world wars and the estate underwent a renovation programme in the 1960s and 70s. Under the energetic and experienced management of Martin Bamford MW, Château Loudenne remained part of Gilbey’s despite successive take-overs. Finally owned by Diageo, the Château was eventually sold in 2000 after more than a century of English ownership. In March of 2000, the Château was bought by the Lafragette family who had established their reputation in the Cognac industry. In 2013, the estate was purchased by the Moutai group from the Guizhou province, southern China, which traditionally specialises in brandies but also has wines in its portfolio.

Château Loudenne, with its 154 acres of planted vineyards, prides itself on the quality of their terroir which slowly descends to the river’s 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 ‘Suffolk pink” château, complemented by the blooms of the rose garden.

Château Loudenne, a Médoc Cru Bourgeois Supérieur, is a blend of 48% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec. Vinified in stainless steel or concrete vats with the malolactic fermentation in new French oak casks, the élevage lasts 16 months in casks of which 30% are renewed every year. Michel Rolland is the consultant oenologist. They also produce a delicious white, Loudenne Blanc. The wines have the classic elegance and weight of the wines of nearby St-Estèphe but without any austere characteristics. With rounded flavours and judicious new oak, Loudenne produces very consistent and attractive claret.

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Loudenne Blanc 2011 — Château Loudenne

Loudenne Blanc 2011

AOC Médoc, Bordeaux

60% Sauvignon Blanc
40% Sémillon

Tasting note

Yellow in colour with an intense, powerful and complex nose: citrus, exotic fruits, peach and apricot. Pleasing oak notes complement the aromatic qualities of this wine. Good volume on the palate. The roundness takes over the fresh attack, fruity and lightly wooded on the finish.

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Loudenne Rouge 2011 — Château Loudenne

Loudenne Rouge 2011

AOC Médoc, Bordeaux

50% Merlot
50% Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting note

A dark crimson with an intense fruity nose of red berries. Slight woody hint with notes of vanilla.

Good volume on the palate and the attack is well structured and ample. the finish is long, elegant and aromatic with delicate and silky tannins.

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Loudenne Rouge 2010 — Château Loudenne

Loudenne Rouge 2010

AOC Médoc, Bordeaux

50% Merlot
50% Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting note

An intense, deep colour with violet flecks. The nose is complex and powerful with elegant wooded and aromas of cherry and blackberry, lifted with a hint of mint. In the mouth, the wine is structured, powerful with soft ripe tannins. Full bodied with a long finish with fresh fruit, and final hints of coffee and vanilla from the barrel age.

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Loudenne Rouge 2009 — Château Loudenne

Loudenne Rouge 2009

AOC Médoc, Bordeaux

55% Merlot
40% Cabernet Sauvignon
5% Cabernet Franc
1% Malbec

Tasting note

An intense and deep colour. The nose is complex, powerful and fruity with aromas of cherry and blackberry, lifted with toasty notes. In the mouth, there is a contentrated fruitiness with density and an elegant tannic frame. Full bodied with a long finish.

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Rives de Loudenne Rouge  — Château Loudenne

Rives de Loudenne Rouge

AOC Médoc, Bordeaux

50% Merlot
50% Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting note

An intense, deep colour with violet flecks. The nose is complex and powerful with elegant wooded and aromas of cherry and blackberry, lifted with a hint of mint. In the mouth, the wine is structured, powerful with soft ripe tannins. Full bodied with a long finish with fresh fruit, and final hints of coffee and vanilla from the barrel age.

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MMD Annual Portfolio Tasting 2015

MMD Annual Portfolio Tasting 2015

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Loudenne purchased by Chinese group Mautai

Loudenne purchased by Chinese group Mautai

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