Chateau La Tour De Blanche Sauturnes 2016 - 375mls
94-96 points Neal Martin eRobertParker.com #230 "The 2016 La Tour Blanche has a typically rich bouquet with clear honey, orange blossom and a touch of dried mango. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, fine tension, great detail on the finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is a superb La Tour Blanche with style and elegance".
92-95 points Wine Spectator "Lively, with a mix of almond, ginger, peach and apricot notes that have good energy throughout, backed by a honeyed edge on the finish. Nice effort for the vintage".
The Finer Details
Variety - Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc
Country - France
Region - Bordeaux
Sub Region - Sauturnes
Std Drinks (Approx.) - 8.1
Extra - Cork
Year - 2016
Volume - 375 ml
Château La Tour Blanche was classified as a 1er Cru Classé in the 1885 Classification, rated the finest Sauternes property after d`Yquem. In 1909 the proprietor, Monsieur Osiris, bequeathed the estate to the state on condition that the property be used for educational purposes. In 1911 it became the Ecole de Viticulture et Oenologie and has been owned by the Ministry of Agriculture ever since.
The quality of La Tour Blanche's wines was nothing to write home about until the appointment of Jean-Pierre Jausser as administrator in 1983. He breathed new life into the property and has elevated La Tour Blanche into the very top ranks of Sauternes producers.
La Tour Blanche's vineyard consists of 30 hectares of vineyards and the wine is typically a blend of 70% Sémillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, and 10% Muscadelle. The grapes are fermented in a combination of oak barrels and stainless steel tanks and the wine is then aged in 100% new oak barrels for 18-24 months.
La Tour Blanche's wines are now amongst the richest, most powerful and most exotic being produced in Sauternes today. They have marvellous ageing potential.