Chateau La Tour Blanche – First Growth Sauternes
RELEASED 10th May 2011 – £441/case bottles or £457/case half bottles
Bill Blatch: The continuation of the recent trend to less sweet wines (this is 130g/l residual) and to the consequently finer less robust style of La Tour Blanche accentuates in this ’10 the extremely fresh, ebulliently menthol style of this estate’s fruit. This is straight-up freshness and mintiness, with a pleasingly soft untannic persistent finish that will keep all this currently rather obvious fruit well wrapped in for many years to come.
Decanter: 19/20 – Bags of acidity balancing the very high sugar content, impressive, and as always an intriguing touch of Muscadelle-like floweriness which is the signature of the growth. Marvellous finesse. Drink 2020-2050.
Jancis Robinson: 17+/20 – Drink 2022-2038. Green and coconut on the nose. Streaky green and massively sweet with the pear juice quality of botrytis. Dense and rich. A bit jagged. Very, very young. Residual Sugar 130 g/l, Total Acidity 3.9 g/l, Alcohol 13.8%.
Neal Martin: 92-94/100 – The Chateau La Tour Blanche has a complex bouquet with scents of grapefruit, honey, apricot and white flowers. The palate is very well-balanced, with a great sense of tension and poise, and notes of citrus lemon, lime, dried honey and a touch of marmalade that lead to a tightly wound, focused, almost Germanic finish. This is intriguing Sauternes that should repay considerable cellaring.
Wine Spectator: 93-96/100 – Gorgeous apricot, ginger, green fig and honey flavors show lots of density, with a sweet, rich finish. A big one in the making.
Wine Enthusiast: 94-96/100 – Concentrated, chunky, the richness just a part of the huge power. It’s a wine of considerable density, very liquorous.
Tim Atkin: 95/100
Panos Kakaviatos: 92-94/100 – Very pure nose of white pear and iodine. Very balanced, finesse, smooth, spherical. One of the best La Tour Blanches I have ever had en primeur. Bravo.
Jeremy Williams: 90-92+/100 – Pale gold; fresh, some grass and hedgerow; honey; nice and elegant feel here; full palate, some wax and butter but pretty good; nice length; attractive; bite at end. Very good.
Rene Gabriel: 19/20
Matthew Jukes: 17.5/20
Jane Anson: 90/100 – Like this very much, a good mix of power and freshness. On the finish, the heat strips things back a little too far, leaving it a touch drying. Drink 2018-2028
Jean-Marc Quarin: 15.75-16/20
Chris Kissack: 16.5-17.5/20 – Residual sugar 130 g/l. Rather gently creamed yellow fruits on the nose, with nuances of honeysuckle on the side, with a fine sense of botrytis concentration despite the slightly paler colour in the glass. Rather pithy citrus fruit freshness to it giving the wine a greater tinge of elegance. Beautiful botrytis texture, honeyed and grainy, with a real pear and citrus fruit character bringing real life to the midpalate. Lots of vigour here, lively and exciting style. Long too. This is delicious.