- Nick's Import
2015 Chateau Guiraud
Ranked one step down the Sauternes appellation pyramid from the legendary Chateau d'Yquem is Chateau Guiraud. The wine is produced from certified organic vines with an average age of about 20-30 years old. The cepage is 65% Semillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc. Ageing takes place in French oak for approximately 18 months.
Bright straw colour with gold tinged edges. Potent honeyed apricot and peach scents engulf the olfactory senses with some sweet pineapple, marmalade, vanilla bean and spice notes also evident. Viscous and honey drenched the decadent palate also features flavours of peach, apricot, marmalade, dried pineapple and traces of toffee apple characters. Fat and concentrated yet possessing beautifully balanced acidity it finishes exceptionally long and luscious.
Drink over the next 8-10 years.
Intense, with candied lemon peel, glazed yellow apple and honey notes streaming through, picking up mirabelle plum and papaya accents through the finish, which is carried by a buried racy streak. This has a good bright feel overall. Best from 2020 through 2040.
The lemon colored 2015 Guiraud features beautiful lime juice and lemon curd scents with paraffin and honeycomb nuances plus touches of chalk dust, ginger and candied peel. It has gorgeous tension in the mouth with tons of citrus, mineral and savory layers, finishing on a zesty note. Drink 2022 - 2046.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate (Sep 2018)
No heavy caramel here; rather, a lot of candied citrus on the nose ranging from lemon right across to bitter orange. On the palate this is both creamy and fresh. The sweetness and alcohol are already beautifully integrated. Drink or hold (and this has at least a couple of decades of ageing potential).