2005 - Ch La Tour Blanche 1er Cru Sauternes
07A5TOUB _ 2005 - Ch La Tour Blanche 1er Cru Sauternes - 12x75cl
Colour
Port_Sweet
Producer
Château la Tour Blanche
Region
Sauternes
Grape
Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc/ Muscadelle
Drinking
2017 - 2042
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now

2005 CH LA TOUR BLANCHE 1ER CRU SAUTERNES - 12x75cl

Colour
Port Sweet
Producer
Château la Tour Blanche
Region
Sauternes
Grape
Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc/ Muscadelle
Drinking
2017 - 2042
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £392.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2006,
    Score: 19

    Very dark coppery/bronze colour. Relatively simple honeyed nose. Then masses of rich, ripe almost tropical fruit flavoured sweetness. Absolutely enormous! Extremely ambitious with a slightly burnt note. Great texture. All on the finish rather than upfront. Some very fine tannins on the very end. Set for a very long life. Very rich and round and supple. Astringency very well hidden underneath. Drink 2015-30.

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2006,
    Score: 95-100

    Intense aromas of dried pineapple, honey and tropical fruit. Full-bodied and superdense, with masses of fruit. It goes on and on. Seductive. Fantastic. Could be the 2003 in the remake.

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Producer

Château la Tour Blanche

One of our favourite Sauternes estates, Ch La Tour Blanche is a unique property in the region in that unlike other neighbouring châteaux, it is not owned by one or a group of individuals or even a luxury goods or insurance company but rather by the government's Ministry of Agriculture. It wasdonated to the French state in 1909 by its previous owner under the condition that a wine school be created on cite. Though it had a downturn in production in quantity and quality in its early years, today, it attracts top winemakers and oenologists from the region, and its excellence really started to soar in the late 1990s.

Region

Sauternes

It is not an exaggeration to say that these are the greatest sweet wines in the world. They are the result of a serendipitous marriage of grape variety, location, annual weather conditions and human care and determination. The vineyards are located on the banks of the cool spring-fed Ciron river which, in autumn, flows into the warmer tidal Garonne and creates rolling evening mists which clothe the vines until the afternoon sun burns them off the following day. This cycle creates perfect conditions for the development of botrytis cinerea or noble rot, and the resulting grape juice is a super concentrated sweet, ambrosial nectar which makes the most heavenly and complex wines with extraordinary ability to age. In 1855 the wines were classified into first and second growths, with Ch d'Yquem rightly receivingits own super status of premier grand cru. Other stunning wines include Chx Sudiraut, Rieussec, Coutet and Climens. While seductively fragrant and sweet when young, if you can bear to wait, you will be amply rewarded with lusciously rich, exotically complex wine.