2017 La Tour Blanche (Sauternes)

Bommes, Barsac & Sauternes, Bordeaux FRANCE
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Dominant Grape
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93-95 points, Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018
92 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2018
18 points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, April 2018
92-94 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com, April 2018
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Media Reviews

Neal Martin

The 2017 La Tour Blanche has a very elegant and controlled bouquet, perhaps atypically for an estate that usually produces one of the more decadent Sauternes aromatics (not that I am complaining, for the record). The palate is very intense with layers of pure botrytized fruit, clear honey laced with orange zest and mandarin that segue into a dense, rich but fresh finish that is pure botrytized joy. Excellent. 93-95 points

Jane Anson

Showing concentrated layers of fleshy mango and tinned peaches, this manages to maintain its exotic intensity without being dragged down by its own weight. There`s a lift and zip brought in by some fresh mint notes, and the palate is silky and sweet. The vintage has denied it the acidity to elevate it to greater heights, but it`s a good wine in 2017. 92 points

Julia Harding

Bommes. 83% Sémillon, 12% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Muscadelle. Open and expressive with citrus, spiced pear and almond paste. Very sweet and viscous, generous, mouth-filling and still fresh. Delicious. 18 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

The 2017 la Tour Blanche gives up notions of cedar chest and baking bread over a core of white pepper, apple pie and peach preserves with a waft of lemon zest. The palate gives up a lot of spice in the mouth with plenty of racy freshness to support, finishing long and zesty. 92-94 points

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