The legacy of the wolf

Humans have always been fascinated by wolves: in myths, fairy tales and legends the wolf’s character can change between the noble life-giver and the merciless hunter. Venerated and feared, on the one hand the wolf is an enemy and competitor, on the other a selfless creature within the social network of the family.

Humans are fascinated by wolves because we are so similar. The name Domaine La Louvière is inseparably associated with the wolf. In days of old wolves gathered on the foothills of the Pyrenees to watch the countryside and pick up the scent for the hunt. The vineyards of the Domaine now cover these gathering sites for wolves – the Louvière.

Domaine La Louvière

Domaine La Louvière lies at the foot of the Pyrenees about 30 kilometres southwest of the imposing fortress town of Carcassonne in the Malepère region. This harsh and original landscape is characterised by a unique microclimate: alternately pampered by the warm breeze of the Mediterranean and tested by the cool influence of the Atlantic and the Pyrenees, the grapes ripen in climatic tension. The soil here is another special feature of the terroir, responsible for the less than flattering name of Malepère (literally ‘poor stone’): clay, sandstone and limestone as well as large boulders. It ensures a special mineralisation of the vines and has an enormous heat-storage potential – protecting the vines on cool nights. And the stony, hard-to-work land offers another advantage: at Domaine La Louvière we still do real manual work.

associates


“Our team are German, Swiss and French – differing nationalities and horizons, closely affiliated through their love of wine and a shared aim: making the Domaine La Louvière a leader in quality and sustainability.”

Nicolas Grohe, Managing Director

“I love the high quality demands of the Domaine La Louvière and I am convinced that only the very best quality can succeed. For me, wine is much more than just another commodity – it is my passion.”

Thore Könnecke, Sales Manager and Oenologist

AOP Malepère


Between Heaven and Sea

In the last years, the small wine-growing region, Malepère, situated in the thousand year old cultural landscape of the Languedoc-Roussillon, has gained a remarkable reputation. Here are growing several vine varieties, which typically do not like the heat of the Mediterranean coast and prosper particularly well in under climate of the Malepère: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, as well as, classic varieties from the Bordeaux region, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc und Merlot. The roots of the vines have to fight through the rocky ground, full of the “bad stones” – of the “male pierre” – and this struggle is the reason why our wines are of genuine greatness and elegance.

Efforts, climate and experience

The quality of the Domaine La Louvières wines is already fostered by our work in the vineyards. It includes a careful handling of the vines, the consideration of climatic and natural conditions of the terroir and a consistent decrease of the harvested quantity to maximum 50 hectoliter / hectare. This is how we pull out the full potential of our grapes. Our experienced cellar master is able to press the grapes and create a wine with its own distinct character. For example fruity white wine with residual acid or full-bodied red wines that have ripened in oak barrels and a long-term cellar potential of four to ten years.

Traditional methods and advanced technology

The Domaine La Louvière uses an oak barrel cellar and a stainless steel cellar equipped with state of the art technology. The steel tanks are temperature-controlled and responding to the highest hygienic standards. A careful handling of our precious grapes and our high quality standards are supported by a careful blend of traditional methods and advanced technology.

our full collection



les plaisirs

Fruity white wines with refined residual acid and red wines marked by the terroir and full of character tempt you with classic charm. The harsh climate of the Pyrenees, the vintner’s knowledge and the special properties of the grape varieties come together in our masculine wines.


les tentations

Grapes from selected vineyards are pressed and matured by experienced cellar masters to create excellent wines with a feminine touch and a very special demanding character of their own. Depending on the requirements, the use of barrique barrels or a longer storage period in bottles contributes towards the wines’ characters and give them their very special aesthetic.


les péchés

La Souveraine and L’Empereur: only these two excellent wines are awarded top status in our range and form the ruling pair of the Domaine. These wines are only created in vintages that are particularly suitable. The grapes grow in the best locations and are also subject to strict selection. Maturation in the barrique barrels (made of Allier oak from central French) is carried out with great care and under permanent observation – this is how legends are created.

les plaisirs


Le Libertin

Sauvignon Blanc

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Le Galant

Chardonnay

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Le Marquis

Cabernet Franc, Merlot,
Malbec

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Le Coquin

Merlot

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Les tentations


La Maîtresse

Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Malbec

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La Séductrice

Merlot, Cabernet Franc,
Malbec

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La Muse

Viogner, Chardonnay,
Chenin Blanc

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les péchés


La Souveraine

Chardonnay

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L’ Empereur

Merlot, Cabernet Franc,
Malbec

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Les perles


Brut

Crémant de Limoux

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Rosé

Crémant de Limoux

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AOC

Blanquette de Limoux

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