The 2009 La Tour Blanche is showing some flatness on the nose that comes as some surprise - completely overshadowed by the fabulous 2009 Guiraud. The palate is viscous on the entry with what feels like a lot of residual sugar, smooth in texture but lacking some tension on the finish compared to its peers. This can be better. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. 2019 - 2035
|Score: 91||Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2019|
The 2009 La Tour Blanche has a gorgeous, botrytis-rich bouquet with lemon thyme, honey and spice, with just a touch of alcoholic warmth denying it the clarity it deserves. The palate is crisp and taut on the entry with notes of apricot and white peach emerging with a few swirls of the glass. It offers a pleasing viscosity and volume in the mouth, although compared to its barrel showing, it appears to have tightened up more than I expected, possibly a sign that it is a wine in for the long haul. Drink 2017-2035.
|Score: 93||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013|
The 2009 La Tour Blanche is very primal on the nose with grapefruit, nectarine and apricot aromas. The palate is very well balanced, just a little oaky at the moment but with a very fine thread of acidity. Touches of fresh apricot, a hint of nougat, lime zest and white peach. Well balanced, linear at the front palate but voluminous and expanding across the mouth in every direction on the viscous, mineral-rich finish. There is so much potential here. Superb.
|Score: 94/96||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010|
Pale gold colored, the 2009 la Tour Blanche gives up bold, youthful tropical fruit notes of green mango and passion fruit with touches of candied citrus and honeysuckle plus savory wafts of toasted almonds and baking bread. The palate is an exercise in poise and elegance with beguiling vibrancy and freshness, finishing long and mineral laced. 2019 - 2042.
|Score: 96||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (241), March 2019|
Dense and very rich on the palate. Medium sweet, with lemon pie and meringue notes and a textured finish.
|Score: 91/94||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2010|
Tang and interest on the nose. Big, weighty. But with good acidity and definition and it's awfully difficult to spit! Long and rich, a bit hot on the end? Still a bit chewy. Date tasted 29th March 2010. Drink 2018-2040.
|Score: 18||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010|
Big bold flavours on an inviting nose with butterscotch and citrus notes. The palate shows honeyed ripe fruit but with an attractive underlay of spring-like flowers and refreshing bright acidity which cuts the richness. Big,rich, promising flavours.
|Score: 17||Farr Vintners, April 2010|
The nose is fleshy packed out with rich ripe fruit. The sweetness is there on the palate, lush sensuous fleshy. Behind all of this ripe power is freshness, lime mingling with lemon and apple lifting the flavours and balancing. The hints of Noble Rot add some peppery spice to the finish. Drink 2020-2050.
|Score: 92/96||Derek Smedley MW, April 2010|
There's a delightful freshness to this wine, with its 142 grams of residual sugar balanced by acidity. Lovely, hauntingly elegant Sauternes, with flavours of apple, pear and quince, well-handled oak integration and a hint of orange zest. The wine is almost drinkable now, but is well worth buying for the long run. 10+ years.
|Score: 95||Tim Atkin MW, April 2010|
My favourite in this group because it adds to the glorious constitution of the vintage a very special element of finesse and subtlety, sublime aftertaste.
|Score: 19||James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2010|