2010 La Tour Blanche, Sauternes (375ml)

SKU #1249146 91-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, pale yellow-gold. Exotic aromas of apricot, kiwi and minerals, complicated by smoky botrytis. Very clean and focused in the mouth, with pure, penetrating orange marmalade and ripe citrus flavors lifted by minerals and saffron. Refined and elegant in its mouth feel and very long on the aftertaste. Extremely well done. (ID)  (8/2011)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Lush and captivating, showing layers of pineapple, peach, passion fruit and mango entwined with one another and carried by a bright green almond note through the finish. Not shy on depth, but offers a decidedly prettier style of Sauternes in this largely power-focused vintage. (JM)  (3/2013)

93 points James Suckling

 Sweet flowery nose with honeysuckle, white peach and candied lemon peel. This Sauternes is very sweet and well-structured on the palate with a good acidity and pure white fruit. Elegant and charming.  (2/2013)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine is still very closed, and not yet showing its rich potential. That doesn't detract from its fine, botrytis texture, core of acidity and dried apricot flavors. It's a wine that needs to come out of its shell, so don't drink before 2018. (RV)  (2/2014)

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