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Château La Tour Blanche 2003

Bordeaux - Sauternes - 1er Cru Classé - Château La Tour Blanche

1st Classified Growth of Sauternes in 1855

Bottle 0.75L
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Château La Tour Blanche

Château La Tour Blanche

The Château La Tour Blanche is one of the must-have wines of the Sauternes vineyard. Founded in the 17th century, it was named Premier Grand Cru Classé during the classification of Bordeaux wines officialized in 1855 for the Paris World Fair.

It was bequeathed to the French state on the death of its then owner, Daniel Iffla, on condition that a school of viticulture and oenology be created on site. Today, the estate is highly respectful of the environment, thanks to numerous certifications, and everything is thought out in the vineyard as well as in the cellar to create a very great wine that can reconcile tradition and modernity, concentration and balance.

The Château La Tour Blanche is based on a 40-hectare vineyard planted on a gravelly hilltop on a clay-limestone subsoil. The grape varieties are 80% Semillon, 15% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle. The wines are aged for 16 to 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels.

In liquoreux, the estate produces a Second wine, Les Charmilles de La Tour Blanche.

The property also produces Secs white wines in the Bordeaux appellation: Duo de La Tour Blanche and Les Jardins de La Tour Blanche, both delivering different expressions of what Sauternes can offer.

The Château La Tour Blanche produces a great sweet wine with a well-defined style, aiming to be harmonious, full of finesse and with great longevity.

Description Château La Tour Blanche 2003.

The 2003 vintage in Sauternes was marked by low rainfall and high temperatures during the summer. These conditions favored an excellent ripening process of the grapes. The noble rot settled down very quickly and in a homogeneous way on the vineyard of Château La Tour Blanche for a beginning of harvest on September 15th. The grapes showed an exceptional quality and high concentrations never encountered for more than 50 years.

Blend of the 2003 vintage: Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc.

The robe is a magnificent deep golden color with brilliant reflections.

The nose is a real peacock's tail, with aromas of candied fruits, roasted pineapple, honey and brioche. Notes of spices bring a nice freshness.

On the palate, it delivers a smooth, rich and ample texture with notes of candied apricot, raisins and cinnamon. Meticulous in its construction, it evolves without heaviness until a long, complex and elegant finish. A wonderfully evolved Sauternes.

Food and wine pairing:

Château La Tour Blanche 2003 can be enjoyed wonderfully with foie gras, meat dishes such as Bresse poultry with cream and morels or roast duck with peaches and spices. Try it also on snacked scallops, lobster with a mango sauce or a shrimp curry with coconut milk.

It will taste very well with blue-veined cheeses, such as Auvergne blue, Bresse blue, Fourme d'Ambert or Roquefort.

For dessert, enjoy it with lemon meringue pie, orange carpaccio or saffron rice pudding.

Ageing potential and tasting:

Château Suduiraut 2003 has now 20 years of evolution, but can still wait another decade in the cellar without problems. A great potential of ageing is indeed the characteristic of the great Sauternes.

Its extreme finesse makes it ready to drink now. To do this, take care to open the bottle 3 to 4 hours before tasting.

The bottles will be kept in the cellar protected from the light, lying down, at an optimal hygrometric degree of 70%.