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  • "This is a superb La Tour Blanche with style and elegance." Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
  • " Its texture and tangy edge are impressive and will certainly allow it to age." Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast
  • "Sweet and flavorful. Big wine on the finish." James Suckling
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Golden-Yellow
Nose "The 2016 La Tour Blanche has a typically rich bouquet with clear honey, orange blossom and a touch of dried mango." Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
Palate "The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, fine tension, great detail on the finish that lingers long in the mouth." Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
Food Pairing Fruit based desserts.
Cellaring 15+ Years
Notes Chateau La Tour Blanche is best served at 14 degrees Celsius, 57 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Variety SSB / SBS Blend
Body Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2016
Region Sauternes
Country France
Sustainability None
Alcohol 13.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Chateau la Tour Blanche
Sauternes
65km south of Bordeaux city lies Sauternes, the most revered sweet wine region in the world. The entire appellation has just over 2000 hectares of vineyards, divided into five communes - of these five, Barsac is the only one with a label of its own.



The region is noteworthy thanks to its unique microclimate. The heavy evening mists often persist long into the morning, allowing the Botrytis cinerea fungus (the trademark of Sauternes, often called noble rot) to take hold of the grapes, and the warm midday sun dries the fruit out and prevents the fungus from progressing and ruining the crop.



Noble rot reduces the water content of each grape and concentrates their naturally occurring sugars, creating an incredibly sweet, intense juice for winemaking. Because of the delicate balance of meteorological conditions required for successful noble rot, entire vintages often fail. However, a good vintage, aged appropriately, cannot be beaten by any other sweet wine in the world.
96*
points
Neal Martin
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. 94-96 points.
96*
points
Wine Enthusiast
Barrel Sample. Structured and concentrated, this is a rich wine that is also fruity and packed with botrytis and acidity. Its texture and tangy edge are impressive and will certainly allow it to age. 94-96 points.



Roger Voss
94*
points
James Suckling
Very rich and dense with dried apples, honey and lemons as well as some spices and richness. Sweet and flavorful. Big wine on the finish. 93-94 points.
17/20
points
Jancis Robinson
Broad, massive in scale with exuberant botrytis and then masses of acidity. Pure grapefruit syrup for the moment! Not the subtlest. Drink 2025-2040.

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