Château Loudenne Red Bordeaux Blend Médoc 2005
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 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, who eventually sold the Château after more than a century of English ownership. The grand vin, 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.
5/2011, Boston restaurant - still closed and tight, somewhat tannic, not a lot of nose or flavors yet; shoulda got the 06 Greysac, my first instinct
I'm from France and I'm a huge fan of red Bordeaux (St Emilion one the best so far). But I have to say that the Loudenne has 2 different flavors. The first comes when you put the wine in your mouth ... it is strong like any Bordeaux and people don't like that in the US. But the second flavor is pertty interesting. You guys should wait before judging this baby because it comes after 10 seconds (after swallowing). So to appreciate this wine I'd suggest to drink, to wait 10 second and to judge it.
External Reviews for Château Loudenne Red Bordeaux Blend Médoc
Wine Tasting NotesA splendid light yellow color with glints of gold. A complex bouquet combining hints of peach and citrus fruits. It is a wine which is surprising for its fullness in the mouth. The aromas develop abundantly before a finish which is perfectly supple and round.
(75% Sauvignon blanc, 25% Semillon). Vibrant nose of pineapple, white grape and spicy white pepper and crystallized ginger. The palate starts out light and bright, but then sneaks in a prodigious amount a texture. Green apple and golden delicious apples vie for domination with sprightly elements of honeydew melon. A sexy stream of honey/beeswax streams through along with a refreshing lemony oil tinge to the surprisingly tenacious finish. Clean and pure.