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2009 Chateau La Tour Blanche Sauternes
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About Chateau La Tour Blanche

School's in session at La Tour Blanche. The wines here are produced at the local Ecole de Viticulture et Oenologie, and the estate itself has been owned by the French Ministry of Agriculture since 1911.

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2009 Chateau La Tour Blanche Sauternes

Producer: Chateau La Tour Blanche
Style: Sweet Wine
Grape Type: Semillon
Origin: France
Region: Bordeaux
Appellation: Sauternes and Barsac

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92-95 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May 2010

(a blend of 85% semillon and 15% sauvignon blanc and muscadelle; 13.8% alcohol; 140 g/L residual sugar; pH 3.7) Medium yellow-gold. Complex, subtle nose offers green fig, peach, toffee, crystallized ginger and lemon drop aromas, plus a strong spicy botrytis note. Dense and moderately viscous but with excellent energy to the intense orange, apple pie, vanilla, cinnamon and marzipan flavors. Not hugely sweet or fleshy but seemed to grow more viscous and honeyed with air. Finishes crisp and extremely long, with a pretty orange liqueur complexity and a fabulous sense of balance. A potentially great vintage from this consistently excellent estate.

92 Points | Wine Spectator
93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Bordeaux

Bordeaux is the planet's largest source of fine wine, the model for Cabernet Sauvignon- and Merlot-based wines around the globe. Bordeaux wines are considered by many wine connoisseurs to be the world's greatest reds.

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Semillon is a paradoxical grape, as much of its appeal stems from its susceptibility to rot. Sure, the idea of rot may conjure up nasty images, but in winemaking, rot isn't necessarily a negative. Grapes can be affected by two types of rot: grey rot and noble rot, also known as Botrytis. While the former is a destructive force, diminishing yields and making wines taste...
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