1989 La Tour Blanche, Sauternes
Intense and exotic; ripe and rich botrytis flavors explode on the palate to a long finish. Very sweet and full in body, it packs in the spice, white pepper, cream, coffee, quince and dried apricot notes.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Although loosely structured, the 1989 reveals plenty of intense, honeyed fruit in a rich, authoritative, full-bodied format. A big, powerhouse, sweet, heavy wine with a penetrating fragrance of honey and flowers, this generously endowed wine already drinks well, but can easily last for 15-20 years. (RP)
Deepish gold. Complex honeyed richness on the nose, still with barley sugar notes, and bags of spice. Tastes somehow of gold – a sort of oily minerality through the heart of all those complex botrytis orange flavours. Some almond paste but really so hard to describe. Quince paste, sour and sweet all at once. Very long and incredibly complex. (JH)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Orange-tinged color. Highly complex aromas of grilled nuts, fresh basil and game; a dried pineapple scent emerged with aeration. Rich, honeyed and very concentrated, with suggestions of tropical and exotic fruits (orange, pineapple, mango). (ST)
91 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "A mature, amber hue. A delicate nose of orange peel, honey, marmalade and almonds. The palate is well balanced with good acidity, notes of tangy marmalade, apple, orange zest and a sprinkling of coconut. This has a nice roundness to it, the oak well-integrated and good cohesion towards the finish. Very fine indeed and drinking perfectly nose. " (03/2008)