2011 La Tour Blanche, Sauternes (Pre-Arrival)
This is a crisp-textured wine, with a complex structure of rich, dense fruits, spice and wood. The wine is only just coming together, promising many years of aging ahead.
Shows lovely pitch, with white peach, pineapple, honeysuckle, green almond and ginger notes out front, backed by hints of yellow apple and orange blossom. The long, floral-framed finish isn't shy on depth or richness, but relies on elegance overall. Best from 2016 through 2040.
Aromas of minerals, dried pineapple and pears. Hints of pie crust. Full body, medium sweet, with a beautiful linear backbone of chalk, honey and mango character. Structured Sauternes. Almost tannic. Phenolic. Better in 2016.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Cropped at just 8 hectoliters per hectare (due to hail) from September 15 until October 14, the 2011 La Tour Blanche is a blend of 84% Semillon, 12% Sauvignon Blanc and 4% Muscadelle. It has a well-defined nose of white peach and almond. Even if it is missing some of the intensity of its peers, through tasting of individual lots, I believe that the bouquet will evolve by time of the final assemblage. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine balance. It has an attractive core of ripe, botrytized fruit and a linear, focused finish that dare not put a foot wrong, remaining tight and precise with a daring touch of lemongrass and lemon thyme on the aftertaste. Drink 2014-2030.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Very light, bright yellow with gold highlights. Vibrant aromas of white peach and kiwi complicated by marzipan and green papaya. Then spicier on the palate, with richer flavors of peppery apricot and peach jelly joined by enticing mineral tones on the long finish. This is a lighter-styled La Tour Blanche (the color tells you so from the start) made from very low yield of 9 hectoliters per hectare, as this estate was heavily hit by the April hail.
There is freshness as well as depth here with long finish. Focused, linear and refreshing, in keeping with its style. More purity and less creamier in texture versus the 2009. Drink 2021-2042. (18 points)
Sweet, opulent, cream and vanilla. Textural but not hugely expressive - a little muted on the finish. (RH)