Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Bordeaux France
Château Des Tours is the second wine of the famous Château Loubens, flagship of the Sainte-Croix-Du-Mont appellation, which is carefully run by M. Arnaud de Seze, one of the best properties of the Sainte Croix du Mont appellation. Sainte-Croix-du-Mont is an important sweet white wine appellation on the right bank of the Garonne whose wines, at their best, bear a striking resemblance to those made across the river in Sauternes. Beautifully fruited in its youth, Château Des Tours is very elegant. Concentrated and rich, it can age many years.
Mostly Semillon with about five percent Sauvignon Blanc grown to vines averaging forty years of age planted to chalky clay soils. A maximum yield of 40 hL/ha is imposed by the INAO (National Institute of Appellations of Controlled Origin). The vines often produce yields below this limit because the grapes tend to wither when they are over ripened. The harvest is done entirely by hand with several selective pickings for the collection of only those botrytised grapes which have a high concentration of sugar. The grapes are pressed and the must is put into cement vats where the alcoholic fermentation starts. After the addition of pure alcohol, the wine is aged in vats, completely unoaked, for six months.
A viscous wine, deep yellow in colour. A wine of sensible richness and ample botrytis, scents of pineapple and banana, Galliano and lemon liqueurs. An immeasurably lengthy palate of candied citrus and cumquat peel, tarte tatin, peach leaf ratafia and sugared almond. A finish saturated with long lasting characters and the tang of cleansing, fruit laden acids, memorable, complex and lingering.