To cap off 2008 the final In Vino Veritas tasting was held on Wednesday, December 17th. Miki San and I made our usual appearance. Chateau La Tour Blanche, a top producer of sweet white Bordeaux out of the Sauternes AOC, was the night’s spectacle. Didier Frechinet, the Public Relations Manager at La Tour Blanche, coordinated the tasting.
All of these wines were delicious and succulent. Their sweetness and gripping finish went perfectly with the upcoming Christmas and holiday season. For sure some of the bottles tasted tonight could be stored for many, many Christmas’ to come
In order of tasting…
2006 Les Charmilles de Tour Blanche
Notes: Aromas of peach, honey, white raisins, tropical fruit and syrup, followed by white pepper and violets. On the palate this wine was dominated by canned peaches with suggestions of banana and citric peel. A delicious sweet wine.
2002 Chateau La Tour Blanche Premier Cru
Notes: Floral with aromas of dried apricot, melon, pepper, and peach. Flavors encompassing vanilla, peach, crème brulée, honey and mango. A very complex sweet wine capable of ageing for another decade or two or three.
2005 Chateau La Tour Blanche Premier Cru
Notes: Aromas of spice, pepper, minerality, peach, flowers, pear, and kiwi. There’s also an interesting and mysteriously not unpleasant car mechanic component on the nose, albeit subtle. Flavors of peach, apricot syrup and confiture, kiwi and a very mild and even more bizarre underpinning of body odor, which believe it or not, interplays quite nice with the intense complexity and expressiveness throughout the glass. Age this bottle for decades to come.
1999 Chateau La Tour Blanche Premier Cru
Notes: A compelling golden hue in the glass. Strong aromas of stewed prunes and raisins and all kinds of dried fruit. Definite expression of the botrytis cinerea Noble Rot. There’s also mineral and violets in the background. On the palate more stewed prunes and raisins, followed by honey and a subtle rosy bitterness.
Full Disclaimer: Once again, I’m still battling this magnificent seasonal cold. The sore throat has subsided and now I’m onto a mere runny nose and general weakness throughout the body. Again I must admit some handicap in my tasting capabilities as a result, although I felt pretty confident tonight I must say.