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2001 Château La Tour-Blanche

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Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased at retail

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RATINGS

97Robert M. Parker Jr.

Big, exotic nose of tropical fruits, honeysuckle, orange marmalade, and creme brulee. In the mouth, notions of peaches, lychees, and caramelized citrus give way to a weighty, full-bodied, concentrated, incredibly precise and well-delineated

93Wine Spectator

Very intense aromas of candied lemons with fresh flowers and vanilla. Full-bodied, very sweet and spicy. Long, long finish.

92+ Stephen Tanzer

17Jancis Robinson

A bit relaxed and sweet...Very rich indeed with a burnt edge...

REGION

France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Bommes

Sauternes makes the world’s most famous dessert wines. Though the appellation lies within the Graves region of Bordeaux’s left bank, the appellation makes only sweet wines from white grapes, primarily Semillon sometimes blended with small amounts of Muscadelle. The five communes within Sauternes are Barsac, Bommes, Fargues, Preignac and Sauternes. Barsac also has its own appellation and, typically, Barsac wines are slightly drier and lighter than other Sauternes. Sauternes are made when weather conditions result in a mold called Botrytis cinerea developing on the grapes, which causes them to become especially sweet. Sauternes are not produced every vintage, so successful vintages become especially collectible. Sauternes estates were classified in 1855, and Château d’Yquem, the appellation’s most prestigious estate, was ranked in a class by itself as a Premier Grand Cru. Château d’Yquem wines are among the most prized wines in the world.

VINTAGE

2001 Château La Tour-Blanche

Bommes