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.
Perfumed nose of honeysuckle, baked apple, and a faint whiff of Botrytis spice. Honey and candied apple in the mouth lead to a long, intense, spicy finish. Would benefit from a bit more acidity. Great now.
Coravined half of a 750ml and served at cellar temperature. Attractive bouquet of honeysuckle, orange marmalade, apricot and spice. Honey, orange, apricot and spice on the palate. Leads to a long, creamy finish. Still maturing and will be better with age. Paired with a fruit tart.
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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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