Guiraud 2003

SubregionSauternes and Barsac
ColourSweet White

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Tasting Notes

Score: 94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

Score: 90/93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

It is against my better judgment to taste the sweet wines of Barsac and Sauternes at such an early age, as I find they typically require at least 12 months to reveal the definition/delineation so essential in these creamy, creme brulee, and honeysuckle-flavored offerings. Nevertheless, because this vintage is so highly regarded, I tasted through most of the top estates. The 2003s appear to be somewhat in the style of the 1990s, with high levels of residual sugar (higher than 2001 for the most part) as well as botrytis, low acidity, and fat, full-bodied personalities. This region’s harvest began extremely early (early September), and was completely finished within three weeks. It does not appear that the nobleness and racy richness of the 2001 vintage will be found in the 2003s, but readers who like the big, flamboyant, over the top style of the 1990s will enjoy the 2003s even more than I did.

Unlike most of my red wine tastings, this offering was only tasted once. Readers should keep in mind that this a very early, pre-bottling judgment from very unevolved wine that is not nearly as defined and easy to evaluate as the reds.

Score: 90/93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (152), April 2004

Ex-chateau bottle tasted blind in Sauternes. Tasting the '03 Guiraud blind, my tasting note is consistent with the bottle tasted later that day, although here there was just a slight adhesive scent that perhaps knocked a point from my score. Otherwise this is a delicious Guiraud from Xavier Plantey, albeit a vintage surpassed in more recent releases. Drink now-2020. Tasted April 2013.

Score: 89Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (207), June 2013

This is very sweet and rich on the nose, with toffee, honey and spices. Full-bodied, and thick honey. Spice, dried apricot and syrup flavors. Lasts for minutes on the palate. Big botrytis bomb. Love it. Best after 2010. 8,000 cases made.

Score: 95James Suckling,, March 2006

This showed loads of wonderful botrytis character, with apple tart and cloves, honey. Full-bodied, very sweet and concentrated. Superlong and honeylike, with sweet mace and sweet tobacco on the palate. Pure bot baby.

Score: 95/100James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 04), April 2004

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW,, November 2005

Score: 15Farr Vintners, Southwold Bordeaux Tasting, January 2007

Intensely sweet, luscious, yet racy wine; beautifully defined, prolonged, stylish and vital. A particularly aristocratic Guiraud.

Score: 17.5Michael Schuster, The World of Fine Wine (1), April 2004

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