Founded in the 18th Century, owner Daniel "Osiris" Iffla left this first growth estate to the French government in 1907 on the condition that a tuition-free school of oenology and viticulture was created there. The 40 hectares of vines are planted with 83% Sémillon, 12% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle. Barrel ageing is in 100% new oak over 16-18 months.
|Bordeaux||2020||La Tour Blanche||BT||2 \ 0||24||350.00||12||24||38.888888||94.00||92.00||Tour Blanche||0.75||40|
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The 2020 La Tour Blanche, which apparently was picked at a whopping 1.80hl/ha (no, that's not missing a zero) has a more backward bouquet than other 2020 Sauternes, atypical of an estate that usually comes out with all guns blazing even at this early stage. The palate is more expressive, featuring lemon sherbet, dried honey and saffron notes, and nicely balanced, with what feels like less residual sugar on the finish compared to recent vintages. Fine. 2024 - 2045
The 2020 La Tour Blanche is gorgeous. Apricot, dried flowers, mint, chamomile, tangerine and coconut flesh out in the glass. Creamy, resonant and super-expressive, this is an absolute delight in 2020. All the elements are nicely balanced, and pretty floral accents on the finish make it impossible to resist a second taste. 2026 - 2040
Full bottle 1,335 g. Undated cask sample. 89% Sémillon, 5.5% Sauvignon, 5.5% Muscadelle. Conversion to organic viticulture. Yield just 1.8 hl/ha!! 'Traditional' vinification with new barrels only for the Sémillon. Sauvignon and Muscadelle are vinified in tank for aromatic freshness.
Pale orangey gold. That pear-juice/botrytis nose plus light, interesting cheesiness. Good energy and balance. This has some of that tarte Tatin juice character. Weight but not heaviness. Light smokiness. Impressive. But just look at that yield! 13.5%
Drink 2024 – 2040
The yield this year is a miniscule 1.8hl/ha - as such we have been unable to taste the wine En Primeur.
This was still on the lees when tasted, but full of super attractive orange zest and saffron flavours, plenty of depth and concentration, as you would expect with the tiny 1.8hl/ha yields. In conversion to organic farming. New oak barrels for the Sémillon, stainless steel vats for Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle.
Drinking Window 2022 - 2042
Pale orange-gold; a quite intense, dried-fruit character suggests a little botrytis on the nose, complex and persistent to smell; moderately rich, fresh, some concentration and an overall attractive, if lighter, Sauternes balance; sweet, a nice gentle complexity, some spice and light length. Clearly some botrytis here, and one of the richer wines for the year, but this, too, is a pleasing aperitif style, and notably limited for the cru.