Honey and clover on the nose. Medium to full bodied with excellent richness and sweetness. Orange, honey and pineapple notes, backed by melon and light spice. Very smooth and fully integrated finish. Enough acidity to still leave the wine with a strong backbone, without creating any bitterness. Overall it’s well balanced and rich and certainly sweet, but not cloyingly so. Extremely pleasant for current drinking. This wine is at peak and based on the sweetness and structure, should be able to stay at this level for several more years to come, but I don’t expect further improvement.
From a 375. Deep amber color. Extremely aromatic. Aromas of candied fruit, orange marmalade, apricot and floral tones. Very rich and sweet flavors with apricot, orange marmalade, spice and honey notes. A slight bit bitter in the finish and lacking the acidity to really pull it all together. Still an extremely enjoyable bottle of wine.
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(Château Guiraud) From 375 ml - medium dark apricot orange color; unusually intense apricot, honeysuckle, papaya, orange marmalade nose; orange marmalade, papaya, lime palate, with lower acidity than I look for in good Sauternes; medium-plus finish
(Chateau Guiraud Sauternes) This has a remarkably deep, bronzed gold hue on inspection in the clear glass bottle, and this is dense enough to still be very apparent in the glass. The nose is very rich and characterful, full of honey and toffee aromas, with a depth and spicy, caramel, orange, melon and apple pie complexity mostly derived, I believe, from a wealth of botrytis. The palate is immediately rich and creamy, but there is a little lift provided by the acidity, before there comes a wave of toffee and caramelised fruit which swamps the midpalate, before again showing revealing what is quite firm acidity towards the end. Wonderful, luscious but well framed wine, firm and well composed, with a great finish and length. Although I suspect the Rieussec of the same vintage may well be the greater wine in time, on the night the Guiraud really sung. Excellent.
(Château Guiraud (Sauternes)) A deep, burnished, orange-gold hue - rather as I described it five years ago. From an aromatic point of view it feels loosely suspended in time, as this still shows the same lightly honeyed aromas. But there are also notes of praline, caramel, dried oranges, baked apples and pastry, and it is bright, characterful and rich. The palate carries a lovely seam of caramel, and a praline sweetness as suggested by the nose, with plenty of dry pithy grip to counterbalance the rich, sweet, botrytised, caramelised fruit. An incredibly rich character, moderate acidity, balanced though, and very long in the finish as we would expect. Wonderful wine with a very rich style.
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