1989 Tour Blanche 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Sauternes | Sauternes-Barsac Premier Cru Classe/ White / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

Orange-tinged color. Highly complex aromas of grilled nuts, fresh basil and game; a dried pineapple scent emerged with aeration. Rich, honeyed and very concentrated, with suggestions of tropical and exotic fruits (orange, pineapple, mango). But seems a bit aggressively alcoholic in the middle palate, with the result that the back end is somewhat dry. Previous bottles of this wine have been sweeter and finer, and have consistently scored in the 90-91 range.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 79

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Average rating: 90, based on 1 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

219 bottles owned by 63 collectors.

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About This Producer


Chateau La Tour Blanche looks out over Bommes, a charming small village in Gironde, 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 poplar forests. 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.

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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