Château La Tour Blanche, 1er Cru Classé, Sauternes, 2015

  Château La Tour Blanche

Château La Tour Blanche, 1er Cru Classé, Sauternes

"The 2015 La Tour Blanche has a noticeably deeper color than the other barrel samples that I tasted. The bouquet is quite intense, although I feel that it does not quite have the complexity of its peers. The palate is much better: smooth and unctuous on the entry, layers of honeyed fruit tinged with peach and almond, delivering a very composed and powerful finish that lingers long in the mouth. Give this 3-4 years in bottle until the aromatics find their voice. Drink: 2020 - 2050."

92/94/100 - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, April 2016

Contains Sulphites.

About Château La Tour Blanche

La Tour Blanche was founded in the 18th century. It is a 1er Cru Classe, located in the appellation of Sauternes. In 1907 the previous owner, Daniel Iffla, left the estate to the French government, on the condition that it created a school of Viticulture and Oenology. Currently, La Tour Blanche is, at the same time, a school and an estate. There are 37 hectares under vine, which are planted with 83% Semillon, 12% Sauvignon and 5% Muscadelle. The soil consists of gravel with clay-limestone subsoil. After the fermentation, the wines are aged in 100% oak new barrels for 16-18 months before bottling.

Appellation: Sauternes

Three grape varieties are planted: Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle. Sémillon is the principal grape, because it is especially susceptible to noble rot, Sauvignon is used for its naturally high acidity, whilst tiny proportions of the capricious Muscadelle are used for aromatic qualities. Sweet wine has been made here at least since the late 18th century. Its position is unique, close to two rivers, the broad Garonne and its small tributary, the Ciron. In autumn, the cool Ciron waters flow into the warmer tidal Garonne, evening mists develop that envelop the vineyards until late morning the following day, after the sun has burnt the mist away all that is left is moisture on trhe grapes that encourages noble rot or Botrytis cinerea. This fungus attacks grapes, causing them to shrivel, concentrating flavour sugars and acids. The wines were classified in 1855, the most prominent of which is Château Yquem, whose yields even in a vintage where noble rot is prominent, reach no more than 10 hl/ha.

Grape Blend: Semillon | Sauvignon Blanc

Semillon is blended with Sauvignon Blanc to produce the great sweet botrytis-affected wines of Bordeaux in Sauternes and Barsac, the Sauvignon adds aroma, fruit and freshness to the rich fleshy Semillon. Semillon is at its most illustrious in the humid atmosphere of Sauternes and Barsac, where it is susceptible to Botrytis rot, which helps concentrate the fruit sugars, acids and flavours, producing some of the most luscious, sweet long-lived wines in the world. The most renowned example is Château d'Yquem, though there are a plethora of estates throughout the region whose wines come close in quality.