Built in the 18th century, Chateau La Tour Blanche is today home to the La Tour Blanche School of Viticulture and Oenology. A Sauternes First Classified Growth of 1855, the Chateau La Tour Blanche has belonged to the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region since 2010 and has now dedicated itself to education, while also continuing to contribute to the history of the great wines of Sauternes.
The 40 hectares of the estate are situated upon a terroir where two rivers create a morning fog, allowing for the development of botrytis cinerea (noble rot), without which there would be no Bordeaux sweet wines. La Tour Blanche produces elegant wines in the cool tranquility of its cellars, representing the unique characteristics of the appellation.
At the Premier Grand Cru Classe of Sauternes Chateau La Tour Blanche, the 2019 vintage demanded the full attention of the technical teams, standing as a great example of the know-how required for the production of sweet wines from high-quality fruit. The property recorded an excellent harvest for the dry white wines. On the sweet side, noble rot was long overdue, due to a dry September. The first trials began on September 18 and 19 and ended on October 21. The last picking was the most demanding, requiring an extremely rigorous selection of the fruit. For this 2019 vintage, the Chateau La Tour Blanche required 3 passages in total and revealed a yield of 6.87 hl / ha. The richness of the fruit, their acidity and their aromas rewarded the hard work of the vineyard team with a vintage of excellent quality.
Sémillon (90%), sauvignon (9,5%), Muscadelle (0,5%).
Tasted as a Wine Future, the Sauternes Classified First Growth Chateau La Tour Blanche 2019 displays an intense and very aromatic nose, marked by citrus and delicate vanilla notes. The attack reveals freshness through beautiful notes of citrus zest, before giving way to a delicious and creamy texture. Bergamot, candied lemon, notes of dried figs, the wine packs the palate with its intense flavors. A nice acidity and notes of toasted almonds are then revealed, bringing relief and length to the very persistent finish. A demanding vintage, 2019 promises to be a great one for the property.