1989 La Tour Blanche, Sauternes

SKU #1016913 92 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (4/1995)

90 points 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)  (1/1998)

Jancis Robinson

 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)  (4/2013)

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)  (7/1998)

K&L Notes

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)

Share |
Price: $79.99

Real Time Inventory by location:

The item you have chosen is in stock, and has inventory in our warehouse and one or more stores. Below is the current quantity on hand information for this product within our database. It is never more than five minutes old. Additionally, our shopping cart looks at real time inventory so when you add an item to you cart we will do an immediate check of available inventory and alert you if there are any issues.

Location Qty
Main Warehouse: 1
San Francisco: 2
Product turnaround time varies by location of inventory and your chosen method of shipping/pickup. For a detailed explanation click here.

Additional Information:



- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- View our bestselling Bordeaux.
Specific Appellation:


- View our bestselling Sauternes.