France: Bordeaux


Easy reach from the city of Bordeaux - and truly excellent wines
By Jane Anson

This Guide was last updated on 12 May 2010
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Château La Louvière

Address: 149 Avenue de Cadaujac, 33850 Léognan
Tel: 05 56 64 75 87 
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 44:44:15N (44.73750)    Longitude: -0:34:43W (-0.57861) 

André Lurton, the man who was behind the creation of the appellation, is the owner of this classical château, a Monument Historique that has recently completed restoration work and opened a new cellar. Also in the area is another Lurton property worth a visit, Château Rochemorin, with its striking modern architecture. But La Louvière is the flagship, and is pretty impressive from the moment you drive up the tree-lined driveway to its huge entrance. Vines have been grown on this site since 1476, and today 47ha produce a very good quality red, and an excellent Sauvignon-dominated white. If you get to look inside the house, spare a thought for Flemish painter François-Louis Lonsing, who painted the elaborate ceiling on the rotunda salon. Apparently he got toxic poisoning from the paint, and died on the site in 1799. A large boutique on site sells the full range of Lurton wines.

Useful information: Visit €5 including tasting (visit lasts around 90 minutes). Mondays to Fridays, by appointment if possible Mon-Thur 09.00-12.30, 14.00-18.00; Fri 09.00-12.30, 14.00-17.00, on Saturdays by appointment only from June 1 to September 15. Tours in English and French. Groups welcome (up to 50).


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