Château Loudenne Blanc

AOC Médoc, France

Vintage:2015 (Current)

2016 (Pending)

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Château Loudenne  Blanc 2015

Overview

As often quoted in the Médoc, “There is no great vineyard which cannot see the river.” Located west of the river Gironde, Château Loudenne stretches over a superb estate of 154 planted acres, and is one of the few châteaux that can boast a waterfront view of the Gironde.

The Loudenne vineyard has an ideal location. Its gravel-based soil descends along a soft slope toward the Gironde estuary, which functions like a mirror. Loudenne also benefits from ocean breezes that create a favorable microclimate for the maturation of the grape: the flavor is concentrated through evaporation and mild humidity. The soil is predominantly clay and limestone.

Winemaking

The 2015 vintage enjoyed exceptional climatic conditions. These conditions, lasting from spring until the harvest, allowed the grapes to be picked at perfect maturity, with every plot yielding a healthy, sweet and fruity harvest.

The grapes are harvested by hand at the end of August through the beginning of September, transported in crates and sorted upon reception. Harvesting is only carried out early in the morning, taking advantage of the cool night air so as not to compromise the flavor.

Direct pressing of the entire bunch of grapes by pneumatic press. Cooling of the must at 46°F for 12 hours and inerting. End of the alcoholic fermentation in barrels. No malolactic fermentation. Aging for 9 months in 1/3 new 100% French oak from Bordeaux and Burgundy, light toast. Stirring from the end of alcoholic fermentation until the end of November. Aged on the lees, racked before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Beautiful pale golden yellow. Intense nose and finish with an attack of beautiful citrus notes (orange peel, grapefruit) followed by flavors of white peach and a hint of pineapple. The mouth feel is characterized by a balance between intensity and body. The flavors are powerful and delicate with a finish of mellow woody notes.

Technical Information

Varietals: Between 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Sémillon

Aging: 9 months in 1/3 new French oak from Bordeaux and Burgundy