This is a new entry to our Bordeaux selection from Chateau Loudenne. It is a 50/50 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon that was aged for 16 months in one third new French oak barrels. Even though 2011 was considered a challenging vintage, and an inevitable let down from the highly lauded 2010, this wine is a good example of how the value of a good Chateau can be appreciated in an off year. As the winemaking team notes, "the nose is intense and fruity, on aromas of strawberry and blackberry. The woodland is discreet with notes of vanilla. On the palate: a beautiful attack, well-built and ample. The finish is beautiful, aromatic and very elegant on fine, persistent and silky tannins."
Chateau Loudenne was established in the 17th century and is one of the oldest estates in Medoc today. It spans 132 acres of vines which have an average age of 40 years and are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The Chateau enjoys a great reputation as one of the top Cru Bourgeois and the well appreciated wines are also very well priced.