2014 La Tour Blanche, Sauternes (375ml) (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1202423 95-97 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. The wine shows intensity and concentration, offering ripe yellow fruits and honeyed sweetness tempered by boytritis. Initially, it seems to be all sweetness, then that essential acidity creeps in with the wonderful freshness of squeezed lemon.  (3/2015)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Château La Tour Blanche 2014 is a blend of 82% Sémillon, 12% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle that has 130 grams per liter residual sugar, a level that might be lower than what I was expecting, though still around average for the vintage. The Sémillon is matured in wooden barrel, the other two varieties in stainless steel. It was showing a little muddled on the nose due to a dab of SO2, though that is no crime, no fault at this early stage. Putting that aside, the palate shows great potential with intense honeyed fruit, plenty of botrytis, veins of orange zest and quince that seems to “flow” through the finish. It will need some bottle age, but we all know how this Sauternes repays patience. I have my faith in this La Tour Blanche  (4/2015)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

 Features lots of inviting shortbread, lemon custard, creamed white peach and yellow apple notes bouncing along, with a lingering white ginger accent on the finish.—  (4/2015)

90-91 points James Suckling

 A rich and round wine with medium sweetness yet full-bodied, spicy and fruity. Shows potential.  (3/2015)

88-91 points Vinous

 The 2014 La Tour Blanche is an attractive, mid-weight Sauternes, even if it doesn’t quite as much mid-palate pliancy and generosity as I had hoped. Dried apricot, peach, earthiness, almonds, chamomile and lightly honeyed flavors add complexity. Within the context of the vintage, the Tour Blanche lacks a bit of freshness and textural polish.  (4/2015)

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