Château Loudenne Blanc
AOC Médoc, France
Vintage: 2015 (Current)
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.
The vinification is carried out in either stainless steel or lined concrete vats, using the latest knowledge and techniques to produce a wine with the greatest amount of color, fruit and fatness. The total vating time is three to four weeks. The wines undergo malolactic fermentation in aged French oak barrels for up to 16 months. Each year 30% of the barrels are replaced. The blending takes place when the wines are transferred into vats for fining and then bottled.
Aging: 16 months in French oak barrels