Chateau la tour Blanche is different to all our other suppliers as it is no longer family owned. However, the history is such that this does not affect the quality or passion of the wines they produce.
The construction of Chateau La Tour Blanche dates from the 18th Century and by the mid 19th century was a renowned wine producer of Sauternes.
In 1855, The Imperial Government requested that the most deserving wines of The Gironde be submitted to The Universal Exhibition in Paris so that a classification system could be established. Chateau La Tour Blanche was placed top of The ‘Premiers Crus’ of The Sauternes Appellation.
However, it was not until the beginning of the 20th Century that the originality of this prestigious estate’s history became really apparent. The former owner, Daniel Iffla, a.k.a. “Osiris”, bequeathed the property to the French State on condition that a Wine School be created on site. Coincidentally, the school has trained many of the producers of the other wines that we sell.
After having accepted the donation in 1909, The Ministry of Agriculture commissioned construction of La Tour Blanche School of Viticulture and Œnology in 1911 and it is still vibrantly operating today. Side by side, students and committed professionals monitor and manage the production of the wines here.
Sadly the Sauternes from the estate is sold via the Bordeaux sales cooperative arrangements and is not available to us (but do not despair, check out Lamothe-Despujols on our site). However, we have been lucky enough to get access to two recent wines that are not sauternes but which benefit from the same terroir and production controls to produce truly crisp and quality white, Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (now Appellation d’Origine Protégée) wines. We discovered Les Jardins de Thinoy, a wonderful 100% sauvignon blanc, at the restaurant in Sauternes during a sunny reconnaissance mission and immediately visited the Chateau to buy a supply for home. It never disappoints. Try it.