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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
Drought and cool temperatures contribute to optimal ripeness
The sum of summer temperatures in 2010 was close to that of summer 2009 (962°C compared to 982°C), but decidedly chillier than those of 2005, which totalled 1052°C. These cool temperatures had a substantial influence on the balance of our wines, preserving a good level of acidity and attractive aromatic freshness.
Very little rainfall (only 267 mm) from March to August 2010 generating a drought of similar intensity to that of 2005, when only 227mm of rain fell.
Another feature of the 2010 vintage is the low temperatures above all in the first three weeks of August, which made for the preservation of good levels of acidity in the grapes while also maintaining attractive aromatic freshness.