I brought a bottle to dinner at Nice Matin, and the restaurant happened to be pouring the 1998 by the glass, so we had a little comparison. The 2005 was, as usual, very good, with golden fruit and coconut notes, very unctuous, very slutty and decadent. The 1998 was darker and richer. With James and Nancy.
Tasted next to a barrel sample of 2014 Guiraud. Tropical and dried fruit on the nose, honey, caramel, almonds. Quite delicious on the palate, very well balanced, rich, spicy, long, fresh. Very good. Drink or keep. 92-94
Father's Day Dinner (Woodstock, GA): Bright golden; nose is very high toned expressing an almost petrol character with loads of spicy botrytis, honey, marmalade, apricot, peach; spicy and firm acid on the palate, vanilla, creamy texture, sweet, white raisin, pineapple; delicious and very young almost primary; 91+; went really well with peach cobbler a la mode.
I read an article in the Decanter magazine that recommended pairing Sauternes with Pizza and had to try this weird pairing. I opted for Pizza Gorgonzola and Château Guiraud 2005: From half-bottle. The wine was bright, medium yellow-golden in colour and offered apricot, apple, cane sugar, vanilla pie, spices, leather and some petrol on the nose. On the palate the wine showed apricot, baked apple, a touch of orange marmalade, vanilla pie, honey, chocolate, spices and cinnamon, complicated by a combination of caramel and pleasant bitterness on the finish, with medium to medium-plus acidity, a creamy mouthfeel and very good length. A balanced, medium-complex, medium-bodied, medium-rich Sauternes. Paired with Pizza Gorgonzola the wine became less rich and very balanced. The flavours of wine and Pizza merged well. The acidity of the Château Guiraud could be a tad higher, but the pairing went very well.
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(Chateau Guiraud Sauternes) A dense and concentrated nose, showing crystalline fruits and sweet, pretty, honey-coated flower petals. It has a full-on texture, creamy and nicely polished. Rather simple in style, nice notes of honey-tinged fruit, pleasant but rather low in acidity. Nevertheless I think this will show some nice development with time. Very good, although I am less impressed than at the UGC tasting last year.
(Chateau Guiraud Sauternes) A denser concentration of aroma than some on the nose here, with a smoky nuance which is appealing, alongside some nice botrytis. Rich, flashy and unctuous, a simply fabulous texture dominates here, although it is packed with flavour too. On the negative side, the acidity is a touch low, but this still gives plenty of pleasure. A fine showing.
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