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With three hundred years of history, Loudenne is one of the oldest estates in the Médoc region.
The vineyard of Château Loudenne is located on two gravelly hills that slope gently down to the estuary. The gravels which reflect the sun’s rays, reduce the risk of freezing and favor growth of vegetation, creating an exceptional microclimate. This privileged terroir contributes to the unique complexity and finesse of Château Loudenne wines.
Harvesting: End of September. A nice summer with favorable weather conditions in September and October allowed us to harvest grapes at perfect maturity.
Blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon & 50% Merlot
Vinification: Thermo-regulated stainless steel and concrete vats. Average 25 days fermentation.
Ageing: 1/3 new oak, 12 to 15 months in 100% French oak barrels originated from Bordeaux coopers; medium toast, 2 to 3 racking
Much like 1947, 1961 and 2005, 2009 is a year of almost overly (for Bordeaux) flamboyant and opulent wines with high maturity and low acidity. The tannins are exceptionally ripe, while the wines are quite voluptuous in style. The Left Bank recorded more hours of sunshine than legendary vintages such as 1947 and 1982, and the grapes had higher sugar concentrations than in 2003 and 2005. The key was significant diurnal temperature variations that allowed the grapes to withstand hot daytime temperatures. An exceptional vintage on all levels.