A Timeless Heritage
Located a few kilometers south of Bordeaux, Château La Louvière is one of the most emblematic estates in the Pessac-Léognan appellation. Built in the late 18th century, the château, surrounded by superb parkland, is a model of neo-classical architecture. It has been listed as a Historic Monument since 1991.
Purchased in 1965 by André Lurton, the estate is a precious family heirloom whose wines are among the finest in Bordeaux. An ambassador for the art of living, always welcoming and accessible, the château offers tours, and can be rented for seminars, business meals… A boutique is also dedicated to wine lovers.
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Château La Louvière | Red
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L de La Louvière | Red
as its older brother. This wine is immensely attractive thanks to its roundness and fruitiness. It is produced according to traditional methods with a few modern touches in a prestigious location where art reigns alongside winegrowing.
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L de La Louvière | White
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Les Lions de La Louvière | Dessert white
AOC Graves supérieures
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Les Lions de La Louvière | Red
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Les Lions de La Louvière | White
"History belongs to those who write it."
Quebec poet and novelist
The history of the Château
In the year 1310, Aquitaine was under English rule, and “La Lobeyra” (La Louvière) already existed. One of the old registers of “Gascon Calendars”, kept by the English administration, bears witness to this… A humble dwelling, embellished by a small tower, stands in the middle of a clearing. The vineyard is still modest: just a few micro plots of vines planted here and there on the best gravel terroirs.
The modern vineyard of La Louvière, as we know it today, gradually came into being between 1510 and 1550, thanks to the dynamism and foresight of two men from an old family of jurats and advisors to the Bordeaux Parliament: Pierre de Guilloche and his son Jean. They embarked on major land transactions.
In 1620, following a donation to the Chartreuse de la Miséricorde de Bordeaux, the estate passed into the hands of the monks. For almost two centuries, the Carthusian monks brought their expertise to the winemaking process. Coopers and cellar masters lavished the utmost care on the white and red wines, which were highly prized by merchants from Picardy, England and Flanders. In the 18th century, the wines produced by the Carthusian monks were among “the most excellent to be drunk in the whole kingdom”. They were the source of the reputation of La Louvière wines well beyond our borders.
The Revolution broke out in 1789, and the property of the clergy was confiscated. The estate was put up for sale in the spring of 1791. The auction was won by a Bordeaux merchant, Jean-Baptiste Mareilhac. Wishing to offer his young wife Jeanne-Émilie a “country house”, he began major renovations. Under the direction of François Lhôte, a renowned Parisian architect, a beautiful building in the purest neo-classical style was built. The interior decoration was entrusted to a highly talented Flemish painter: François-Louis Lonsing. The new residence was admired by all. The Mareilhac family presided over the destiny of the estate for much of the 19th century.
In 1946, the site was listed on the Inventaire des Monuments Historiques and classified in 1991.
In 1911, Alfred Bertrand-Taquet, a Parisian by birth and shareholder in the “Revue Vinicole”, bought the estate and ran it until 1944. La Louvière remained a sleeping beauty for over fifteen years.
In 1965, André Lurton fell under its spell and bought it. The years that followed saw the estate gradually regain its former prestige… In 2009, a new, semi-underground winery was inaugurated. This highly aesthetic and functional building required 2,000 m³ of concrete. Dedicated to the ageing of red wines, it can accommodate a thousand barrels.
Vineyard data sheet
White 16 hectares
Red 67 hectares
White 83% Sauvignon blanc, 3% Sémillon
Red 55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon
White Gravelly-sandy, gravelly-clay, clayey-limestone, clayey-limestone-sandy (marl)
Red Deep gravels
White Valérie Lavigne
Red Mikael Laizet
Tours and tastings by appointment / Shop sales
Year-round Monday to Friday, April to October Monday to Saturday (10am to 1pm – 2pm to 5pm)
Visit Château La Louvière
Situated just 20 minutes from the center of Bordeaux, Château La Louvière welcomes you to immerse yourself in the world of great Bordeaux wines. We offer a wide range of activities, including tours of the Château, wine tasting, fun and gourmet workshops, and the organization of seminars and business meals.
Buy our wines
direct from the Châteaux
At Château La Louvière, you can round off your visit with a tour of our cellars, a wine tasting session or even take part in one of our workshops (booking recommended). We welcome you to the Château all year round, Monday to Friday (Saturdays too, from April to October), from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm.
Château La Louvière
149, Avenue de Cadaujac, 33850 Léognan
(+33) 5 57 25 58 58Contact us