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Château Loudenne Blanc 2011

Producer Information

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 Châteaux to greet visitors who enter the Médoc from the Atlantic via the Gironde.

Vineyards

“There is no great vineyard which does not overlook the river…..”. The position of Loudenne’s vineyard is ideal. Its gravelly ridges slope gently down towards the Gironde estuary which acts like a mirror. Château Loudenne also benefits from sea breezes which are propitious for ripening the grapes. Soils are mainly gravely loams on calcareous clay. The property has eight hectares of vineyards.

Winemaking

Delicate pneumatic pressing. Settling at low temperature. Alcoholic fermentation in French oak barrels after a start in stainless steel vats. No malolactic fermentation. On lees for eight months with regular stirring, in French oak barrels of which a third is renewed every year. Choosing different coopers for each wine enables more aromatic complexity.

Vintage Information

Manual harvesting started on August 24th which was unusually early. Harvest only took place in the morning to avoid the grapes warming up and so preserve the aromatic quality of wine.

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.

Food Pairing

Ideal with fish in a range of sauces.

Serving Suggestion

Serve at 12°C.

AOC Médoc, Bordeaux
60% Sauvignon Blanc
40% Sémillon

Natural cork
14%

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