2009 La Tour Blanche, Sauternes (Pre-Arrival)
A powerful, complex wine, its layers of sweetness mixed with a total dryness from botrytis. The wine is impressively rich, considerably inspired by dried fruits and spice. Certainly for aging over decades.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 La Tour Blanche is very primal on the nose with grapefruit, nectarine and apricot aromas. The palate is very well balanced, just a little oaky at the moment but with a very fine thread of acidity. Touches of fresh apricot, a hint of nougat, lime zest and white peach. Well balanced, linear at the front palate but voluminous and expanding across the mouth in every direction on the viscous, mineral-rich finish. There is so much potential here.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Complex, subtle nose offers green fig, peach, toffee, crystallized ginger and lemon drop aromas, plus a strong spicy botrytis note. Dense and moderately viscous but with excellent energy to the intense orange, apple pie, vanilla, cinnamon and marzipan flavors. Not hugely sweet or fleshy but seemed to grow more viscous and honeyed with air. Finishes crisp and extremely long, with a pretty orange liqueur complexity and a fabulous sense of balance. A potentially great vintage from this consistently excellent estate.
Ripe and broad, with lush buttered pecan and almond notes followed by rich apricot, orange and date flavors that glide through the finish, where a glazed pear note sits in reserve. This should cruise nicely through mid-term cellaring. Best from 2013 through 2024.
Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.