2001 La Tour Blanche, Sauternes (375ml)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
La Tour Blanche's spectacular 2001 boasts a light to medium gold color as well as a big, exotic nose of tropical fruits, honeysuckle, orange marmalade, and creme brulee. In the mouth, notions of peaches, lychees, and caramelized citrus give way to a weighty, full-bodied, concentrated yet incredibly precise and well-delineated sweet white. It is a tour de force in Sauternes! Anticipated maturity: 2009-2035.
Very intense aromas of candied lemons, fresh flowers and vanilla. Full-bodied, very sweet and spicy. Long, long finish. Excellent. Best after 2009.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale yellow-gold. Reticent nose hints at caramel and vanilla. Fat and high-toned, with superripe, unctuous flavors of candied yellow fruits and honey. At once chewy and lively, and hiding more than it's showing today. Very strong finish features subtle spicy persistence.
Slightly green flavours; One can taste the Sauvignon Blanc component at this stage. Nutty. Interesting, but not the richest. (18/20 Score)
Medium gold in color, full and concentrated in its texture with high acid on the finish. Flavors include tropical fruit, honey, coconut and pineapple. The finish is lively and fresh! More recently scored 96 points in Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index’s 10-Year On horizontal. This has a fragrant, floral bouquet with white flowers, clear honey, lime flower and acacia with superb definition and lift. The palate has great tension on the entry, enormous depth and power with a superb thread of acidity. Lovely poise towards the pure honeyed, marmalade-tinged finish. This is an exceptional wine from La Tour Blanche...bravo! Tasted March 2011."