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Ch. Loudenne Medoc 2011

29 June,2017
Built in the 17th century, Ch. Loudenne is one of the oldest Cru Bourgeois and one of the most well-known, as it is the first chateau visitors to the Medoc come to via the Atlantic and Gironde. Its pink façade is famous and memorable. The property has always had a reputation of offering very good value and high quality white and red wine. Ch. Loudenne has 60 ha of vines, 51 ha planted to 52% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, plus 9 ha planted to 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon. The vines have an average age of 35 years.

The property has the consultation of Michel Rolland, and in 2013 was acquired by the Kweichow Moutai Chinese spirit group, one of the most valuable global concerns in liquor. In association with the Camus Cognac house, they have increased investment and relaunched the wine. It is thought that the improvements could bring the property to superior classed growth level. The wine is distributed in New Zealand by Stephen Bennett MW. For availability contact Stephen on Email: steve@bdwine.co.nz


Ch. Loudenne Medoc 2011

Blended Red from France – Bordeaux

Very full, near impenetrable black-hued red colour, a little lighter on the rim with some garnet. The bouquet is elegantly concentrated with intense and well-packed aromas of black plums interwoven with blackcurrant notes along with subtle cassis, herb and blackcurrant leaf elements at the core. The nose is refined and unfolds a little funky earthy and gaminess with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate is finely proportioned with good depth and plenty of power, showing black plums and blackcurrants, along with cassis and dark herbs, revealing some earthy ant gamey funkiness. The mouthfeel is vibrant and fresh and follows a fine, firm line with fine-grained tannin extraction and balanced acidity. The wine carries to a sleek and slender finish. This is an elegantly concentrated Medoc red with black plum and blackberry fruit along with herb, earth and game nuances on a finely extracted palate. Match with roast lamb and beef dishes over the next 6+ years. Cru Bourgeois, from 51 ha of vines planted at 52% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 16 months in 33% new French oak. 17.5-/20 Jun 2017 RRP $40.00
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