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  • By Richard Jennings
    12/12/2010, (See more on 89 points

    (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


  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2007, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5 points

    (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.
  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2012, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18 points

    (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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