2001 Tour Blanche 750ml

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

IWC 92(+?)   Collector 96
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(+?)

($45) Pale yellow-gold. Reticent nose hints at caramel and vanilla. Fat and high-toned, with superripe, unctuous flavors of candied yellow fruits and honey. At once chewy and lively, and hiding more than it's showing today. Very strong finish features subtle spicy persistence. Offers terrific potential, but is it as well balanced as the young 2002?

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 115

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 97
Author: Toby Thomas
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 02/27/2010

Rating: 94
Author: wineangelo
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 06/23/2012

Average rating: 92, based on 3 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

1301 bottles owned by 325 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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