2003 Tour Blanche 375ml

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

IWC 93   JR 18   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

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: Issue 127

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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!

Drink Dates: 2007-2017
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 98
Author: john33
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/04/2010

Rating: 92
Author: TheRhoneStore
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 11/24/2007

Rating: 92
Author: Miguel L
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 06/20/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2019
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!

Rating: 91
Author: PurpleTeeth
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/25/2012
Drink Dates: 2007-2014
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.

Rating: 88
Author: cinnamon
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/28/2009
Drink Dates: 2010-2020
From memory. Very lively, super fresh, with crisp acidity balancing very sweet notes of apricots and caramel. A really good sweet wine.

Average rating: 94, based on 7 reviews

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2693 bottles owned by 545 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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