Getting 19 Dionysian points,  the 13% alcohol 1975 Chateau La Tour Blanche Sauternes cost under $25 back then.

Apricot, peach and honey flooded the aroma. It was soft and had a mile-long finish. It was almost like drinking creme brûlée. As noted, this wine was a 1er Grand Cru since 1855 and even today, it’s a good buy.


This Sauternes is a dessert all by itself. Sweet at first, the wine finishes with a dry clean mouth of fruit.

Waiting 42 years for a wine form a hard tannic vintage for the red Bordeaux, this sweet white aged well and still had a decade or more to go.  When people say, “I don’t like sweet wines,” tell them they’ve never had Sauternes.  In vino veritas.