Château La Tour Blanche is ranked as Premier Cru Classé in the 1855 Classification of Sauternes. The estate is the property of regional government of Aquitaine (the French state) and home to the La Tour Blanche School of Viticulture. Although La Tour Blanche represents essential instructive support for the students, the estate is entirely managed independently by professionals from the wine-growing sector to help preserve the expected level of quality for a classified property of Sauternes. Emotions de La Tour Blanche is a second label, the name of which references the various emotions Sauternes evokes.
Location of Vineyard
The estate is in the village of Bommes in the heart of the Sauternes appellation. Château La Tour Blanche sits at the top of a ridge of gravel over clay and limestone subsoil, 60m above sea level. This advantageous position provides the best possible exposure to the sun, optimal drainage, and special flavors to the wine. The soil contributes to the signature finesse and freshness of Château La Tour Blanche, while in autumn, the alternation of morning mists and hot afternoon sun promotes the development of botrytis cinerea, creating a high concentration of flavors and natural sweetness.
Emotions de La Tour Blanche is made from hand-harvested grapes and part of the non-retained must for the “Grand Vin.” The cépage consists mainly of Sémillon, with smaller percentages of Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle which are harvested late and selected for botrytis. Emotions de La Tour Blanche benefits from all the techniques and skills of Château La Tour Blanche, but unlike the “Grand Vin,” which is fermented and aged in oak barrels, Emotions is vinified and aged exclusively in stainless-steel vats for 18 months to preserve its freshness and aromatic character.