A classically structured wine, this has a smoky wood flavor that’s balanced by a fresh black-currant note. It has a juicy edge, a dark chocolate note and a slight bitterness that should fade. This needs to age for 4–5 years. Château Loudenne is situated by the Gironde estuary.
Sound but a little thin in the middle, with drying tannins. A touch too much sweet oak for the light fruit. The red-fruit core holds together fairly well, and the finish is strong and solid. Time probably isn’t on its side. Drink now with food for a pleasant experience.