XVII

17th century

Monsieur de Saint-Marc, the founding father The figures who have shaped the destiny of La Tour Blanche are inextricably linked to its history. Each, in their own way, has contributed to making the estate one of the finest in Sauternes, by taking risks, by being imaginative, by challenging conventional thinking, and by investing. These “prospectors of gold” - a description which is very fitting for Sauternes - have created their philosopher stones in the form of... golden nuggets. Foremost among these: Monsieur de Saint-Marc, Lord of La Tour Blanche.

We could go much further back in time, but the original small chartreuse that became a château starts to get slightly lost among the various notarial deeds and other archives. But we need to start somewhere, and Monsieur de Saint-Marc, Lord of La Tour Blanche – who would give the domaine its name – is a good starting point. This was back in the mid-17th century.  Saint-Marc was a clerk at the Court of the Parliament of Bordeaux.  As he had considerable financial means at his disposal, he was able to transform the vineyards and its humble dwelling into a fine looking château, even having a tower built in order to justify the name!

Frederick Focke, the quality campaigner Another figure who played an important role in building the reputation of Château La Tour Blanche, was German, Frederick Focke.  At the time, there was a sizeable German community in the region, which was also influenced by English Protestantism. Mr Focke reinvented the sweet wine of Sauternes. Here's how…

Frederick Focke had brought with him a technique known as “late harvesting” already widely practiced in his country of origin, as well as by a few famous properties such as Yquem and Suduiraut. Not content to be just a pioneer, Frederick Focke was also among the influential and innovative owners who were able to persuade their fellow Sauternes producers – even the stubbornest among them - to carry out successive selections of the grapes at harvest time, which would be the key to the success of the appellation.

The merits of this initiative were proven when, the Sauternes crus, like those of the Médoc, were classified by the Syndicat des Courtiers en Vins de Bordeaux in 1855.  At the time, the aim of this classification was to identify the "best" wines, those worthy of being showcased at the Universal Exhibition in Paris. Château La Tour Blanche – a Sauternes Premier Cru – was, of course, one of the first selected. This was a true consecration for Frederick Focke... who sadly died that same year.

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1855

The first of the first growths In 1855, during the Second Empire, the growths («Crus») from Sauternes, along with those from Medoc, were asked to put forward their products for a classification organized by The Wine Brokers’ Union of Bordeaux under the supervision of the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce.

This request emanated from the Imperial Government who wanted to submit the most deserving wines of the Gironde to The Universal Exhibition in Paris.

Château La Tour Blanche was placed top of the Sauternes white wine first growths («Premiers Crus») just behind Château d’Yquem, the unique «Premier Cru Supérieur» of the Appellation.

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1876

Osiris, the wine lover After the death of the talented Frederick Focke, the family - wife, nephews and investors - presided over the destiny of the domaine recognized as being one of the most typical of the appellation. Then along came Osiris! Behind this pseudonym, which sounds like the name of some ancient Egyptian god, was a man named Daniel Iffla, a wine aesthete with an unconditional love of elegance and quality.

Château La Tour Blanche seems to have been just waiting for this new owner to come along to reveal its final, flattering touch of excellence. Osiris was a powerful financier with limitless financial resources. Although he usually resided in one of his villas in Arcachon, he could always be found at La Tour Blanche at harvest time.
Daniel Iffla was not only a lover of prestigious wines, he was also a philanthropist in numerous fields including building restoration, providing assistance to those in need, and research with Louis Pasteur.

This incredible man, who died heirless in 1907, bequeathed the property to the French State under the condition that a wine school be established on the site.  His wishes were respected in 1911.

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Nowadays

The will to pass on Since 2010, the estate has belonged to the Region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine. The state agricultural school offers several courses with levels ranking from a tenth grade («troisième») vocational course («Découverte des metiers du vivant») and Secondary School Graduation Diploma (Baccalaureat Professionel) through to a 2-Year Degree Course by Apprenticeship (B.T.S.A).

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Since 2010, the School of Viticulture and Oenology and the Chateau La Tour Blanche have integrated the EPLEFPA Bordeaux-Gironde (Local Public Institution of agricultural Education and Vocational Training ), first institution of agricultural and viticultural studies at the national level , which combines two other schools and their châteaux: Blanquefort school and Château Dillon (Haut-Médoc AOC, Cru Bourgeois), as well as Libourne-Montagne school and Château Grand Baril (Montagne Saint-Emilion AOC) and Réal Caillou (Lalande de Pomerol AOC).

A pedagogical first great growth It is important to highlight that even if Chateau La Tour Blanche represents an essential pedagogical support for the students, the estate is entirely managed independently from the school by professionals in the Wine and Vine-growing sector in order that the expected level of quality for a Grand Cru of Bordeaux is respected.

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The vineyard

A privileged terroir The Sauternes Appellation covers near to 2,000 hectares on the five villages of Barsac, Bommes, Fargues, Preignac and Sauternes.
This wine-producing region offers visitors an undulating landscape where its gently sloping hillsides seem to be complacently exposed to the sunlight.
This is why Chateau La Tour Blanche, along with most of the classified growths («Crus Classés») of the appellation, is situated on a fine hilltop position, 60m above sea level.
This advantageous position facilitates the best possible exposure to the sun, optimal drainage of the land and specific soils. All of those give wines special character. Indeed, this alluvial land (deposits originating from The Garonne), is made up of a gravelly surface soil and an argillaceous-calcareous substratum.

Three traditional grape varieties The three traditional grape varieties of the Sauternes A.O.C. are Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle.
At Chateau La Tour Blanche they are planted in the right proportions: 83% Sémillon, 12% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle. Each grape-variety provides the wine with its own specific qualities and characteristics, in a harmonious and always unique blend.
Semillon gives the wine its golden colour and its specific dry fruits, candied fruits and honey aromas.
Sauvignon Blanc produces a very fine, full bodied, particularly aromatic wine, and brings a pleasant freshness to the blend.
The Muscadelle grape is a part of the unique style of the wines produced by the property. It adds some aromatic complexity due to its delicate scent of muscat grape and its exotic and spicy notes.

Rigorous vineyard management "One can only make good wine from good grapes". With this proverb in mind La Tour Blanche team is aware that the work behind producing a great vintage starts in the vineyard and carries on through the year.
Apart from the unpredictable climatic conditions it is this rigorous vineyard management which determines the quality of the grape berry, so the quality of the wine.
For several years now, Château La Tour Blanche has been applying its policy of using specific work methods in order to respect the environment.
In parallel to public guidelines, the Château has decided to set up a rigorous contract regarding the environment. Since a few years, the Chateau has taken some advance by setting up some concrete actions, like effluents treatment, spray containment, as well as a lot of experimentation, particularly concerning the protection of the vineyard and managed according to organic methods.
These ambitious choices which unite the château and its environment have emerged quite naturally and have led to concrete recognition; Indeed, Château La Tour Blanche is certified HVE 3 (High Environmental Values) and is a member of the first association for The Environmental Management System (SME) for Bordeaux Wine certified ISO 14001.

The harvest

The noble rot Harvesting is probably the time of the year the winegrower apprehends the most. Having carefully worked all year round he now has to face up to the goodwill and mildness of the weather. In Sauternes, the right climatic conditions are, perhaps, of more vital importance than anywhere else. This microclimate is due to the appellation’s unique geographical situation. It is the encounter between the warm waters of The Garonne River and its colder tributary, The Ciron that accounts for the early morning mists which occur as of the end of August.

At the time of the year when the early autumn weather is characterized by mild and sunny days, these mists bring a high humidity level which, when combined with the ambient heat, encourages the development of botrytis cinerea. This microscopic fungus develops on the surface of the berry and perforates the fruit, thanks to its mycelium, provoking what is known as Noble Rot. At physiological maturity, the affected grapes first take on a brown speckled-like appearance. The berries then progressively change colour and are covered with a velvety protective coat. At this point we can say they are fully rotten («pourris pleins»). Finally, due to complete evaporation of the berries’ water content, they shrivel up and reach the stage described as «roti» or candied rotten («pourris confits») as they look like, and particularly taste like, crystallized fruit. It is only at this point that the actual picking may begin.

Tailor-made picking Like all estates in the appellation, the harvesting is done by a series of selective pickings meaning that the grape-pickers must go several times through the rows of vines (on average four to six times) picking only bunches of grapes, part of bunches or in some cases, even just the individual berries that have been truly affected by the botrytis cinerea.
This rather irregular work pattern, the climatic conditions and the rate at which the noble rot develops, means the harvest takes about 30 days over a period of 2 months to complete.
Owing to this strict and meticulous selection process, it is easy to understand why a harvesting machine could never find its place here in Sauternes.

When scarcity makes sense All the effort and patience given to a vine plant during the growing season will produce only the equivalent of one glass of this precious wine. At Château La Tour Blanche scarcity makes sense.
Keep this in mind when you taste the wine.

1 vine = 1 glass

The winemaking

The winemaking The grapes which arrive in the winery are perfectly botrytised, saturated with sugar and candied («confits») to perfection. Now, the almost magical act of transforming the grapes into wine begins.

Once selected on the sorting table and pressed, the must obtained from the grapes undergoes a simultaneous reaction provoked by the Noble Rot: the acidity level diminishes and the sugar concentration level increases. The annual yield doesn’t go over 10 to 15 hl/ha due to a rigorous selection.

Thus, only musts with an average potential of 20 to 22 degrees in alcohol are selected for the First Great Growth («1er Cru Classé»). The slightly less concentrated juices will be used for the production of the second or third wines. After a night of decantation, the alcoholic fermentation begins.

After two to three weeks the desired balance between the sugar and the alcohol level is obtained and the fermentation process is stopped. This is the non-fermented residual sugar which makes the wine so rich, sweet and tasty.

The ageing

Care and ageing To allow the wine to slowly mature during this preservation period, Chateau La Tour Blanche attentively follows its evolution.

Like all wines, the barrels will be regularly topped up. In order to eliminate the lees the wine is racked every three months.

On average, the ageing lasts from 16 to 18 months. It is only after this process that the blending begins – an art determined by strict taste assessments of the different batches. The results must equal customer required level.

The precious nectar is finally obtained. Now starts the ageing process as Sauternes wines can be laid down for a long time.

The role of technology and tradition in the quest for quality Chateau La Tour Blanche has continually provided itself with the means to keep its reputation. It is fitted out with the most modern and efficient equipments but it has also known how to maintain the more traditional aspects of wine-making.
The recently renovated winery, which has also been modernised and air-conditioned, stocks the traditional 225-litres Bordeaux traditional barrels. At Chateau La Tour Blanche, all the barrels are renewed every vintage and are made from French oak grown in Nievre, Allier and Vosges.
The vatroom comprises thermo-regulated stainless steel tanks of varying capacities, enabling a very precise selection of the wines, including small volumes.

Man’s craftsmanship and experience in the world of wine is still omnipresent at La Tour Blanche. However, it is also through constant experimentations and significant technological investments made over the years that contribute in achieving the Chateau’s main objective: Quality.

Experience the Sauternes

The great wines of Sauternes are pleasurable wines. Remarkable for their fruity and spicy character, they reach the ideal balance between volume and freshness due to the acidity brought about by an exceptional terroir.

They can be drunk young after being decanted to enhance their aromatic expression, or more mature with roasted and mineral notes. They must be served chilled but not iced, in preference around 10°C.

They are absolutely delicious on their own for a moment of relaxation or as an aperitif. They also nicely accompany foie gras in all its forms, as well as refined fishes and seafood in cream sauce. They perfectly match white meat or exotic dishes with fruits and mild spices, strong cheeses such as Roquefort, or even fruity desserts.

In order to help you to “dare” the Sauternes wines and to discover the wild diversity of food pairings they offer, regularly check out the recipes of the moment on the Crus Classés of Sauternes & Barsac web site.

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Visit chateau la tour blanche

The distinctive feature of Chateau La Tour Blanche and its idyllic setting attracts many visitors every year. Tours (in French or in English) are open to all: professionals, wine enthusiasts or even neophytes with an inquiring mind. Even if it is preferable to make a reservation, the property will welcome you all year round from Monday to Friday, from 9:00am to 12:00am and from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.

Above all, these tours aim to be pedagogical. The purpose is to help visitors discover the particularities of the Sauternes appellation, explaining in a simple way or more specifically, according to the public, the techniques of the Sauternes wine making, from the vine plant to the bottle.

Thus visitors will enter the universe of the great growths and the mysteries of their making process.

The Discovery Tour Read more

The guided visit includes a tour of the vines (weather permitting) to discover this appellation and the tasks carried out in a vineyard followed by a visit of our winery with explanations of the different processes relevant to winemaking. A wine tasting of three wines concludes the visit.

From 1 to 50 people
Duration: about 1 hour
Price: 7 euros per person

The Vertical Tasting Tour Read more

Enjoy an exceptional tasting at Château La Tour Blanche. Indeed, after the guided tour of the estate you will taste three different vintages of the Grand Vin at different ages to discover and understand how a Grand Cru of Sauternes changes with the years.

From 1 to 30 people
Duration: about 1 hour
Price: 20 euros per person

The Gourmet Tours Read more

Come and discover the unexpected food pairings with Château La Tour Blanche’s wines, and improve your knowledge about Sauternes wines. After the guided tour the tasting is completed with a selection of gourmet toasts, from the simplest to the more sophisticated.
Three versions are available: Classic, Discovery or Prestige.

From 2 to 50 people (by reservation only)
Duration: about 1 hour 15
Price: from 17 euros per person

The Luncheon Tour Read more

Discover and taste our wines during a luncheon at the chateau and live a unique experience. After a guided tour presenting the secrets of the winemaking process of the famous sweet white wines of Sauternes, you will enjoy a meal highlighting the delicious food and wine pairings, in the quiet and intimate atmosphere of our reception room looking out over the barrel cellar, in company of a representative of the property.
Several menus are available: 12 carats, 18 carats, 24 carats and Exceptional Vintages.

For groups from 12 to 30 people (by reservation only)
Duration: about 3 hours 30
Price: from 89 euros per person

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Known for their Sauternes grands crus, our terroirs also offer an often overlooked diversity which enables the production of wonderful dry whites as well as delectable red and rosé wines.
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Château La Tour Blanche

Premier Cru Classé en 1855

This wine is the result of a very strict selection. Due to a unique know-how it combines the expression of a great terroir and the best of the noble rot. The style of Château La Tour Blanche’s wines is characterized by a superb balance between richness and freshness, and a great aromatic complexity. In accordance with Chateau La Tour Blanche’s policy of quality, some vintages (although certified passable) are not bottled. This was the case for the 1992, 1993 and 2000 vintages.

“Château La Tour Blanche’s team sees the 2015 harvest ending with the feeling of having made a great vintage once again” Download the technical sheet
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2015

The nose reveals subtle notes of vanilla melted with aromas of dry fruits (grilled hazelnut) and stone fruits (apricot, mango). The mouth is very pleasant by its unctuousness and its immediate softness and shows a varied range of aromas (apricot, guava, pineapple, pomelo) which brings fruitiness and freshness. The tone is set! This wine has the qualities of an outstanding vintage in which coexist complexity, flavor, freshness and elegance.

“It shows strength and complexity combined with a remarkable elegance” Download the technical sheet
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2014

Open and expressive nose. It reveals tasty notes of yellow fruits and citrus. In mouth the wine is rich, unctuous with a lot of vivacity, almost acidulous.
The citrusy taste (orange, lemon, bergamot) gives an incredible relief to this vintage.
The harmony found between fruits, freshness and sweetness let appreciate a subtle and elegant balance.

“This challenging vintage well represents the characteristic freshness of La Tour Blanche.” Download the technical sheet
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2013

Nice straw yellow hue. After aeration the smell reveals light notes of chamomile and pear. On the palate the wine shows subtle candied notes, of apricot compote and vanilla. It is full, unctuous and remarkably balanced, finishing on a long and fresh aftertaste.

“The wine shows a nice complexity, a great aromatic purity and a very pleasant freshness.” Download the technical sheet
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2012

Nice straw yellow hue with green tints. The smell reveals fruity notes of muscat grape and rose. In the mouth the wine is full-bodied and unctuous and has muscat berry and crystallized fruit aromas. Very tasty finish with candied fruits aromas and fine vanilla notes.

“The long final goes on with hints of praline and toffee. Divine!” Download the technical sheet
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2011

Straw-yellow colour with golden tints.
On the first nose subtle notes of vanilla and grilled notes appear. After twirling, more complex notes of smoke and very ripe fruits are revealed. In mouth the structure of the wine is remarkable. It is rich, unctuous, silky and offers loads of aromas such as yellow fruits (apricot, pineapple…) and mild spices like vanilla and cinnamon. A real treat for taste buds.

“The final lasts for a long moment with fineness and elegance. Exquisite!” Download the technical sheet
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2010

Nice golden colour. The bouquet takes us directly to a journey through vanilla and flowers fragrances.
But we really feel the greatness of this vintage in the mouth. The palate reveals a rich, full and unctuous wine with a remarkable lightness. Delicious notes of vanilla, candied lemon and fruit paste are detected.

“For this vintage the Semillon gives some concentrated aromas of exotic and fresh fruits and even blackcurrant. A great vintage.” Download the technical sheet
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2009

The nose shows citrus, exotic fruits and toasted bread aromas. After twirling, dried fruits like apricot are revealed as well as some notes of fresh mint and exotic fruits (guava and pineapple).
The mouth is full, smooth and fruity, with a nice balance between alcohol, sugar and acidity.
The freshness on the palate highlights the fresh and candied fruits aromas and the vanilla flavour in the final.

“This challenging 2008 vintage produced in low quantity still has a nice liqueur, fruity character and a lot of finesse and elegance.” Download the technical sheet
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2008

Golden yellow colour with a lot of brilliance and limpidity. Vanilla and candied lemon aromas are found on the nose as well as hints of mint.
After twirling, some spices such as cinnamon are present, evolving to hints of toasted bread. Very nice attack on the mouth, rich and unctuous, with a lemony and minty freshness.
Hints of toasted bread again with dried apricot, a traditional fruit aroma in the Sauternes wines.
Great aromatic persistency and spicy finish.

“This wine offers exceptional complexity, fineness and purity.” Download the technical sheet
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2007

Clear yellow colour, limpid and brilliant. Nose reveals nice touches of vanilla and toasted flavour including, after aeration some notes of Muscat grape, flowers (linden, acacia) and spices (ginger). Very pleasant in mouth with richness, volume and nervousness.
In the middle-mouth this nice balance leads to candied citrus and dried apricot aromas as well as notes of grilled nuts, smoke, with a spicy final. 2007 is one of the greatest years of Sauternes.

“A very nice wine, well balanced and fresh, with a good concentration.” Download the technical sheet
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2006

Golden yellow colour. Nose of exotic fruits (passion fruits, mango) and candied fruits with a hint of Muscat grape aroma. The attack is elegant, supple, round and on the fruit. Very exotic with freshness and vivacity. Rich and nervous finish.

“This outstanding vintage is undoubtedly part of the great years to be aged in a cellar.” Download the technical sheet
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2005

Golden yellow in colour.
The nose reveals fruits and flowers hints. Acacia, linden and mint are detected after aeration. In the mouth the attack is full and supple with exotic fruits as ripe pineapple or apricot. We find grain, relief with white flowers aromas on a nice acidity.
The final is fresh and long, and finishes with toasted bread and candied fruits notes.

“This powerful vintage is in the pure tradition of La Tour Blanche’s wines.” Download the technical sheet
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2004

The colour is golden yellow, pale gold.
The nose reveals Virginia tobacco and exotic fruits with hints of Muscat and guava. The attack in mouth is round, delicate.
It is fresh, exotic, with a good volume and an exceptional length.

“Grapes of an exceptional quality and the highest concentration level seen for 50 years indicate a potentially extraordinary vintage.” Download the technical sheet
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2003

This vintage has a golden colour, bright gold. Fresh on the nose, thanks to some mint hints and exotic fruits.
This wine has also flowers, citrus and brioche aromas. The attack is unctuous, rich, round, fat. The aromas are more on the candied fruits, with apricot, fig and raisins. We find a hint of wood in a superb final.

“The length in mouth of this wine can classify it among the remarkable years of the new millennium.” Download the technical sheet
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2002

The colour is golden yellow, bright gold. Loads of candied fruits are found on the nose. Twirling reveals citrus, apricot, but also vanilla and mint. The exotic fruits aromas bring freshness.
In the mouth the round, supple and generous attack makes this wine very delicate and full-bodied. Beautiful balance of richness, acidity and matter. The candied and fresh fruits give a good aromatic persistency.

“This is for sure an outstanding vintage.” Download the technical sheet
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2001

The colour is golden yellow, with golden tints.
On the nose aromas of fresh fruits are revealed with a great intensity, as well as mint and a light smoky character. After a rich, supple attack with a good volume, loads of tropical fruits aromas appear in mouth like pineapple and guava.
A nice balance and a good length give this wine a great complexity and a lot of finesse.

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2000

Vintage not produced.

“A great harmony and a lot of charm in this complex and powerful wine.” Download the technical sheet
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1999

Golden yellow colour with amber tints. The flavours found on the nose are very fresh with notes of mint, rhubarb, cinnamon and dried fruits such as apricot. In mouth the attack offers a nice structure, supple and fresh.
There is a nice balance and a good volume. It goes on with candied fruits aromas like raisin and prune.
The delicate sensation of freshness subtly evolve to a light touch of bitterness reminding orange peel or marmalade. Big finish with a good length.

“With a nice structure this 2008 vintage is a very elegant and delicate wine.” Download the technical sheet
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1998

The colour is straw yellow. The nose reveals loads of fresh fruits, such as apricot or peach, but also beeswax and cinnamon. In mouth the attack is very supple with much fullness and roundness.
Great aromatic complexity dominated by candied fruits is present. The final is spicy, developing to honeysweetened savours.

“One of the very best vintages of Château La Tour Blanche in the past thirty years, with rare charm and elegance.” Download the technical sheet
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1997

Beautiful golden colour. On the nose a very pleasant aromatic intensity reveals very fruity notes. After aeration the aromas are very concentrated. In the mouth the attack is supple and full.
The fruity character is massive with richness and volume. It has a silky touch with notes of candied fruits, caramel and crème brulée. The finish is long and persistent on white flowers aromas as well as notes of gingerbread and dried fruits such as fig and date.

“Elegant, feminine and well-balanced wine.” Download the technical sheet
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1996

Golden yellow colour with amber tints. The nose reveals aromas of fresh quince, candied fruits, raisins and prune.
Aeration shows minty and mineral notes as well as the characteristic smoky taste of our wines when they get older. In mouth the attack is supple and unctuous highlighting the ‘roasted’ character of the botrytized grapes, the aromas of candied fruits, fresh quince and prune, as well as a minty freshness.
The finish is marked by smoky, grilled and mineral notes and mild spices.

“Beautiful vintage to be ranked among the classics of the property” Download the technical sheet
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1995

Lovely amber colour. Scents of raisin, gingerbread and white pepper aromas. Unctuous structure in the mouth with complex notes of mild spices such as saffron. Good harmony between candied fruits, citrus and spices aromas. The final is pleasant with notes of citrus peels making the aftertaste longer and bringing a nice touch of freshness.

“Due to a severe selection and controlled yields a pleasant vintage was made” Download the technical sheet
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1994

Beautiful old gold colour. The smell spontaneously offers scents marked by the saffron. After aeration the bouquet becomes more complex and reveals candied fruits aromas. The wine is pleasant in the mouth with a still present sweetness and surprising notes of mild spices and dry fruits. The final comes with quince jelly aromas and ends on light smoky notes, very typical of the old vintages of the property.

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1993

Vintage not produced.

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1992

Vintage not produced.

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1991

Lovely colour with amber tints. The first nose offers fresh notes of citrus and mineral. After aeration some complex notes of undergrowth and cigar box appear. The pleasant mouth has a well-melted but still present sweetness, and let perceive some citrus, candied fruits and smoky aromas. The final shows a great persistency and ends on tobacco leaf and citrus peels notes.

“Botrytis cinerea allowed a high concentration of the grapes giving the wine candied fruits aromas of an incredible purity.” Download the technical sheet
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1990

This wine has a golden, lightly amber colour. The nose reveals fresh aromas of fruits. We can find notes of rhubarb and apricot. In the mouth the attack is full and supple with intense fruity tastes.
Floral notes and caramel complete the range of aromas. A nice acidity give this wine a high aromatic persistency.
Mineral notes on the finish.

“A very good vintage with nice concentrations and a great finesse at this age.” Download the technical sheet
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1989

Golden yellow colour with amber tints and a nice brilliance. The nose is fine and elegant with Muscat grape and candied citrus aromas. There are also some notes such as mint and cinnamon.
In mouth the attack is soft and quite rich. The aromas are dominated by candied fruits and the volume in mouth is important. The finish is quite long and persistent on spicy and smoky notes.

“This wine definitely signs the renewal of the property with a lot of elegance” Download the technical sheet
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1988

The hue has a deep gold colour with amber tints. On the nose there are some dried fruits aromas such as raisins and dried fig.
There are also some straw and hay notes. In the mouth the attack is supple on a nice balance and a good volume with gingerbread notes.
Aromas of caramel and baked apple complete the aromatic range of this vintage.
The final reveals smoky taste and candied fruits aromas with a very light mineral character and crème brulée notes.

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Les Charmilles de La Tour Blanche

Les Charmilles de La Tour Blanche

The making of this second wine of Château La Tour Blanche requires the same know-how as for the ‘Grand Vin’. In a lighter style it presents a wide range of aromas as well as a nice balance due to a lot of freshness and elegance.

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Brumes de La Tour Blanche

Brumes de La Tour Blanche

This wine is made from a selection of less concentrated juices obtained by successive manual sortings and entirely vinified in stainless steel tanks. Fresh and light as the mists (translation of Brumes) of the Sauternes region, it is characterized by a lovely structure with a moderate sweetness, a great aromatic purity and a very pleasant vivacity making a well-balanced and fruity wine, ideal as an aperitif, to be appreciated young and chilled.

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Duo de La Tour Blanche

Duo de La Tour Blanche

Duo de La Tour Blanche is a dry white wine which takes its name from the harmonious blend of two of the three traditional grapes of Sauternes: Sémillon (65%) and Sauvignon Blanc (35%). Showing both roundness and finesse with a light mastered oaky character, it offers a very aromatic expression as well as nice mineral notes.

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Les Jardins de Thinoy de La Tour Blanche

Les Jardins de Thinoy

This dry white wine is made entirely from the Sauvignon grape variety and is vinified in stainless steel vats.
Extremely expressive and slightly pearly, this wine reveals fruit (blackcurrant, peach, apricot, grapefruit) and flowery aromas as well as a lot of freshness.

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Cru du Cinquet de La Tour Blanche

Cru du Cinquet

This wine is made from two traditional Bordeaux red grape varieties: Merlot (90%) and Malbec (10%). Harvesting is done manually, ageing is done in stainless steel vats.
When drunk young, this wine reveals a range of subtle red fruit aromas such as cherry, strawberry, raspberry…

Château La Tour Blanche Les Charmilles de La Tour Blanche Brumes de La Tour Blanche Duo de La Tour Blanche Les Jardins de Thinoy Horus
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Horus

This rosé wine is made from direct pressing of one grape variety: Merlot. Vinified at low temperature in stainless steel vats and aged on fine lees, it develops a pleasant attack in the mouth, slightly gaseous, evolving into red fruit and spices aromas.
To be drunk young.

Château La Tour Blanche Les Charmilles de La Tour Blanche Brumes de La Tour Blanche Duo de La Tour Blanche Les Jardins de Thinoy Cru du Cinquet

Château La Tour Blanche

Premier Cru Classé en 1855 - Sauternes
33210 Bommes - France
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