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Loudenne also has a fine history that spans over 300 years. Its illustrious past owes much to two British wine merchants, Alfred and Walter Gilbey. In 1875, these two lovers of life and of “the finer things” decided to make the property their home residence. Over 125 years, they built up the reputation of the vineyard and turned Loudenne into a place full of life and of unparalleled receptions.

The key to Loudenne is first and foremost its remarkable geographical location in the heart of the Médoc region and on the edge of the Gironde estuary. This 17th-century château is one of the few winemaking properties to have its own private dock. And from the moment you disembark onto the 326-acre property, you cannot help but be swept away by the beauty and magic of its magnificent grounds.

A few steps inside the halls of the château were indeed enough for me to understand that nothing here is ordinary, that everything here is a little different. Perhaps more refined and enigmatic. Like the English roses that have bloomed in the garden for hundreds of years, and whose scent still perfumes my memories.

Now co-owned by Moutai, the number one Chinese liquor company, and Camus, the largest family-owned and independent cognac producer, Loudenne has reclaimed its distinguished history and recreated its past splendor.


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Located 6 kilometers from Saint-Estèphe, the Loudenne vineyards stretch over two large gravelly hillsides that overlook the river. The grapes are lucky to be grown in soils whose surface layers are full of centuries-old gravel and whose lower layers are dense with clay.
Loudenne is an area measuring 326 acres, 153 of which are vineyards. There are 114 acres of Médoc Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, 30 acres of Bordeaux Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Sauvignon Gris, and 9 acres of Bordeaux Rouge. Its wines come in two colors: red and white.

It was when the time came to taste the wines from Loudenne that I could gauge the quality of the work that had been undertaken over the preceding months in the vineyards and the cellar. It is work that perfectly blends passion and precision and that keeps with the tradition and know-how that have been responsible for Loudenne’s quality and reputation for 300 years.
All of the flavors were present, each varietal adding its own touch: the Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon…
From powerful, well-structured reds to dry whites that are relatively rare in Médoc, all aged in oak barrels…
Each playing a harmonious and vibrant part with perfect pitch.

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 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château Loudenne . In a tasting of  115 wines 

The second part of the arrivage tasting of the 2018 vintage from Bordeaux features a wide array of wines with some great surprises. The quality of the vintage 2018 is fully confirmed with a number of wines performing better than they did before en primeur.

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château Loudenne . In a tasting of  30 wines 

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 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Loudenne . In a tasting of  113 wines 

A great surprise just before the weekend: a pallet with over 120 wines from the Grand Cercle arrived. So another long tasting day is waiting for me.

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