2015 La Tour Blanche, Sauternes (375ml) (Pre-Arrival)
Barrel Sample. This wine is just beginning to show its possibilities. It has a dry botrytis character along with lemon and other citrus fruits. They are packed in a sweet dried-apricot and lemon-jelly flavored texture. The wine will age impressively. (RV)
Shows energy and intensity with dried apple, pineapple character. Medium to full body, very sweet and a spicy, botrytis aftertaste. Excellent.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 La Tour Blanche has a noticeably deeper color than the other barrel samples that I tasted. The bouquet is quite intense, although I feel that it does not quite have the complexity of its peers. The palate is much better: smooth and unctuous on the entry, layers of honeyed fruit tinged with peach and almond, delivering a very composed and powerful finish that lingers long in the mouth. Give this 3-4 years in bottle until the aromatics find their voice. (NM)
Shows good intensity, with a bitter orange note adding some cut to the core of peach, mango, quince and papaya flavors. The long finish lets everything drape pleasantly. (JM)
Big and honeyed, with vanilla, tropical fruit and caramel hints – at once concentrated and complex. La Tour Blanche hardly misses a beat these days.
The 2015 La Tour Blanche is powerful, dense and immediate. A rush of apricot jam, honey, orange preserves, mint and white flowers melds together. Unctuous, deep and beautifully layered, the 2015 is a terrific Tour Blanche. (AG)