La Tour Blanche 2018
|Subregion||Sauternes and Barsac|
This famous Sauternes 1er Cru Classé (owned by French Ministry of Agriculture since 1911) sits in the heart of Sauternes close to the river Ciron. The 37 hectare vineyard is made up of 83% Semillon, 12% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle. Average yields are just 10-15 hectolitres per hectare before fermentation in barrels and stainless steel tanks. Ageing takes place in 100% new oak barrels for 18-24 months.
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Bright gold in colour with a heady and powerful nose of dried apricots and honeyed peaches. The palate is pure in dried fruit character, with a honey-like richness of texture. This is plush and opulent, with balancing rather than refreshing acidity and lots of toasty, creamy oak. One for the true sticky fanatic, or those willing to lay this down for more than a decade.
|Score: 16+||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
The 2018 La Tour Blanche has an outgoing, extrovert bouquet with honey, marmalade and quince aromas that you just cannot ignore. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity that cuts through the unctuous honeyed fruit, veins of stem ginger and white pepper towards the persistent finish. Wonderful. 2023 - 2045
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2019|
A Sauternes with pretty richness and a very sweet palate. Some spice at the end. Wait and see.
|Score: 90/91||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
Cloudy sample. Ripe, gently honeyed citrus. Broad and ripe but with a decent core of freshness to balance. Opulent in sour-apricot fruit. Moreish even though so sweet, the texture helps to hold your attention. 13.6%
|Score: 17+||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
(80 Semillon, 10 Sauvignon Blanc, 10 Muscadelle) The nicest and most well balanced of the bunch this year, this wine is always a treat and, surprisingly, there is serious complexity and richness here and the flavour is long and classy, too.
|Score: 18+||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|
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