(JS=91) This is soft and silky with berry, wet earth, stone and tobacco character. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. New, polished style for this estate. Better in 2017. (RP=88) From one of the flagship estates of Andr Lurton, La Louvire (which has given me great pleasure, both white and red for many years) is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. A supple-textured, sexy style of Pessac-Lognan with a dense ruby/purple color, loads of cassis and ripe plum fruit. This wine is medium-bodied, judiciously oaked, long, rich and round. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. (WS=88) This is still showing a bit of wood, with a slightly rugged charcoal and singed alder cloak around the core of plum, blackberry and black cherry fruit. A charcoal edge hangs through the finish. Should soften with some cellaring, but this is unlikely to harmonize fully before drying out. Best from 2016 through 2019. 8,333 cases made. (AG=86-89) Moderately saturated ruby-purple. Fresh aromas of dark cherry and minerals complemented by notes of grilled meat, licorice and underbrush. Firm acidity is juicy but not green, giving good shape to the earthy flavors of dark plum, flint and licorice. Nicely broad wine with very good balance, and richer than many of this estate's wines of the last decade. Vincent Cruege, assistant director of production, told me that "although it wasn't an easy year for the young merlots, we didn't have trouble at La Louviere because of our clay-calcareous soils, while the same was not true at Rochemorine [a sister property], where the higher proportion of sand made things more difficult in 2012's very dry late summer."