As always, I am in one of the two “blind” tasting groups which means that we all taste the wines and write our notes without knowing the winery. The other groups taste in an “open” fashion.”
Tasting blind is very important to a journalist … especially if one know the people and families behind the wineries, and could be swayed in this fashion.
Of course, everyone knows it was a difficult vintage, with hard work paying off.
Well, to speak only of the rankings, the host winery – Chateau La Tour Blanche – received one of my highest ratings. I found the color beautiful, with incredible freshness on the nose and bright racy acidity. Roasted pineapple on the palate with very concentrated flavors and a great deal of complexity. It was an excellent concentration of fruit, oak, and acidity – a traditional style Sauternes that would also work well as a first course with foie gras or caramelized scallops.