2015 La Tour Blanche, Sauternes (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1253327 93-95 points Wine Enthusiast

 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)  (4/2016)

93-94 points James Suckling

 Shows energy and intensity with dried apple, pineapple character. Medium to full body, very sweet and a spicy, botrytis aftertaste. Excellent.  (4/2016)

92-94 points 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)  (4/2016)

93 points Decanter

 Big and honeyed, with vanilla, tropical fruit and caramel hints – at once concentrated and complex. La Tour Blanche hardly misses a beat these days.  (4/2016)

90-93 points Vinous

 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)  (4/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Very expressive, with nectarine, peach and mirabelle plum fruit flavors streaming through, lifted by a bright honeysuckle note and backed by a long honey- and acacia-fueled finish. On the richer side, but has the drive for balance. (JM)  (1/2018)

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2016 | Send Email
The tropical notes are concentrated in the La Tour Blanche, but the mouthfeel is leaner and more fresh than some of the richer wines we tasted. There was a lovely freshness of acidity and the wine finished with a nice little zip. Quite charming.

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