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Guiraud 2009

SubregionSauternes and Barsac
ColourSweet White

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Tasting Notes

Tasted as part of a vertical held at the chateau. The 2009 Guiraud has a complex, precocious bouquet with honeysuckle and jasmine notes, hints of dried honey and white peach. It is tightly wound but very precise. The palate is pure and tense in the mouth - great precision here once again with superbly integrated oak and a lovely, seductive, very viscous botrytis-laden finish. In many ways the 2009 represents the wine that every vintage since 1983 would love to be. Drink 2018-2040+ Tasted April 2013.

Score: 96Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (207), June 2013

The Guiraud is one of the outstanding successes of the 2009 vintage, perhaps the best vintage that I have encountered in recent years. It is blessed with a very pretty, candied nose with coconut, almond shavings and clear honey that is very well-defined, although there remains just a little oak to be subsumed over the next couple of years. The palate is medium-bodied with a lovely, joyful apricot and clementine-infused entry. The acidity is perfectly judged while the finish exudes breeding, tension and precision. Outstanding! Drink now-2040+

Score: 96Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013

The 2009 Guiraud is very tight on the nose, taking time to unfurl, with notes of apricot, peach, a touch of honeysuckle and quince. Good definition. The palate is impressive: tightly coiled, honeyed fruit, very fine acidity, linear at first then fanning out across the finish with notes of dried apricot, nectarine, a touch of almond and a faint hint of spice. With good length and unctuous on the finish, this Guiraud is impossible to ignore.

Score: 94/96Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010

This rocks with botrytis, offering spicy almond, peach pie and dried apricot on the nose and palate. Full and very sweet, with a long finish. So much dried fruit. Oily and powerful. Some bitterness. 35 percent Sauvignon Blanc and 65 percent Sémillon.

Score: 95/98James Suckling,, April 2010

Interesting nose with a bit of an edge - really appetising as well as very sweet. I failed to spit this one - always a good sign. Very long and a good combination of structure, acidity and very ripe fruit. Tightly laced even if not the sweetest. Interesting smokiness on the nose. Date tasted 29th March 2010. Drink 2018-2035.

Score: 18Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2010

Very sweet this year, but stylish and with good length. Good richness on the palate with a nutty flavour of marzipan and almonds. Honeyed with a touch of citrus fruits.

Score: 16.5Farr Vintners, April 2010

The nose is fleshed out by a mix of ripe fruits with apricot and peach very much to the fore. Citrus peel adds freshness and helps to give complexity. The lush ripe fruit enriches the palate but there is fresh apple backed by lime that lifts the fruit. The finish though is lovely and succulent. Drink 2020-2050.

Score: 91/95Derek Smedley MW, April 2010

The freshness of the Sauvignon Blanc is what makes this wine so bright and harmonious. Overall, the blend is waxy, toasty and stylish, with oak, vanilla spice and honeysuckle and grapefruit characters combining stylishly on the palate. Not far behind Yquem in 2009, and that is high praise indeed. Long, elegant and refreshing. Residual sugar 139 grams per litre. 10+ years.

Score: 97Tim Atkin MW, April 2010

Great pure noble rot aromas (apricot, mango), huge body, huge liquor, monumental but silky and supremely elegant, immense length, a great classic of the vintage in preparation and not at all very far from Yquem level, as are some other first growths too.

Score: 18.5James Lawther MW,, April 2010

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