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2009 Chateau Guiraud Sauternes (375ml)
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- Cellar 8 - 10 years (2020-2022)
- ABV 13.5%
- Closure: Cork
Ranked one step down the Sauternes appellation pyramid from the legendary Chateau d'Yquem, Guiraud is produced from vines with an average age of about 35 years old and is a blend of 65% Semillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc.
Brilliant deep straw pale gold colour with golden edges and very pale gold hue. Exotic ripe nose – classic Sauternes exhibiting strong honeyed botrytis characters, ripe apricot and peach followed by a hint of toffee apple and spice showing excellent intensity. Luscious mouthfilling palate flavours of honeyed apricot, subtle marmalade, toffee apple, honeycomb and spice. Viscous texture. Very long luscious aftertaste of honey, ripe apricot and spice.
Cellar 8-10 years (2020-2022).
The 2009 Guiraud is very tight on the nose, taking time to unfurl, with notes of apricot, peach, a touch of honeysuckle and quince. Good definition. The palate is impressive: tightly coiled, honeyed fruit, very fine acidity, linear at first then fanning out across the finish with notes of dried apricot, nectarine, a touch of almond and a faint hint of spice. With good length and unctuous on the finish, this Guiraud is impossible to ignore.
Score: 94-96 points
Neal Martin - Wine Advocate # 188 Apr 2010
This rocks with botrytis, offering spicy almond, peach pie and dried apricot on the nose and palate. Full and very sweet, with a long finish. So much dried fruit. Oily and powerful. Some bitterness. 35 percent Sauvignon Blanc and 65 percent Sémillon.