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2003 Château La Tour Blanche

  • 96 WA
  • 97 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    White Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52637-2003

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($44-$60) Enticing bright yellow-gold color. Subdued but very pure aromas of orange peel, apricot, honey and spices. Supersweet, fat and spicy; wonderfully round, chewy and unctuous. As thick and '03-like as this is, it remains fresh and lively. Not the last word in complexity but this fine-grained wine is delicious already, and finishes with superb, palate-staining persistence.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2006
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

    Dark gold in color already, with intense aromas of dried apricots, citrus, honey and maple syrup with lots of spice. Full-bodied, with lovely sweetness and a long, creamy peach tart, tobacco, honey aftertaste. This is pure botrytis. Best ever from here. Has an incredible finish. 2,915 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    No tasting note was given.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    So big and round and unctuous. Yet saved by its structure. Beginning, middle and end with a toastiness. Undertow. Great stuff. Enjoy it while you may!
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: TheRhoneStore
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Hecwines
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: john33
  • Self | Rating: 17.5

    From memory. Very lively, super fresh, with crisp acidity balancing very sweet notes of apricots and caramel. A really good sweet wine.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2020
    Author: cinnamon
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Golden hue. Classic nose of acacia honey, stone fruit. Sweet, full, lush and vibrant. Nice length. Wonderful closing with a roquefort, perfectly offsetting the salty texture. In fine shape now, no particular signs of fatigue. Excellent value. Open and reload!
    Drink Dates: 2009-2019
    Author: Miguel L
  • Self | Rating:

    Sept. 2017 Seminar with Michael Meagher
    Author: CdB Boston
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Still hanging on and relatively corpulent. Very rich and fragrant, as is typical of this very warm, ripe vintage. I would have liked more acidity and structure, but this shows plenty of sexy, heady botrytis, and not as much orange marmalade notes as is typical of most Sauternes. Drink now through 2014.
    Drink Dates: 2007-2014
    Author: PurpleTeeth
Chateau La Tour Blanche looks out over Bommes, a charming small village inGironde, situated approximately 40 kilometres south of Bordeaux. The estate spreads over 70 hectares in the heart of the renowned Sauternes Appellation.

The actual vineyard is one single plot and covers 40 hectares. The remaining land is a combination of pine and poplarforests. At La Tour Blanche the vineyards are planted in the following proportions: 83% Semillon, 11.9% Sauvignon and 5.1% Muscadelle. Harvesting is done by a series of selective pickings which make take as many as 30 days over a period of 2 months to complete.

Each vintage is vinified and aged in entirely new French-oak barrels, and the ageing in barrels lasts from 16-18 months. Annual production averages approximately 45,000 bottles. In accordance with Chateau La Tour Blanche's policy of exceptional quality, certain vintages (although certified passable) are deemed unworthy of being bottled and are therefore not produced. This was the case for the recent 1992, 1993 and 2000 vintages.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1610 bottles owned
  • 272 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 272 collectors)